Presidential Initiative Supports Military Families
SAMHSA’s Strategic Initiative on Military Families ensures that SAMHSA supports America’s service men and women—Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve, and Veteran—together with their families and communities by leading efforts to ensure that needed behavioral health services are accessible and that outcomes are positive.
Real Warriors, launched by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, promotes resilience, recovery, and reintegration of returning service members, veterans, and their families.
U.S. Army Social Media Handbook 2011 for soldiers, personnel, and their families serves as a guide for the safe and regulation-friendly use of a variety of social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline—Press 1 for Veterans offers veterans in emotional crisis have free, 24/7 access to trained counselors.
Several previous articles that support SAMHSA’s
Strategic Initiative on Military Families.
- “For Behavioral Health Providers: A Military Immersion Training,” September/October 2010, describes Operation Immersion, an effort to reduce the stigma of mental illness and substance use disorders in military populations.
- “Paving the Road Home: Returning Veterans
and Behavioral Health,” September/October 2008, provides special coverage of SAMHSA’s Second National Behavioral Health Conference on Returning Veterans and Their Families.
- “Military Policy Academy Promotes
Plans for Behavioral Health,” July/August 2010, describes efforts to create interagency strategic plans that ensure needed behavioral health services are accessible to the Nation’s service men and women and their families.
- “National Guard Focuses on Mental Health, Substance Abuse,” July/August 2008, describes efforts by new SAMHSA and National Guard programs to help citizen soldiers with mental health and substance use problems.
- “Veterans and Their Families: A SAMHSA Priority,”
January/February 2008, is the award-winning article featuring the personal stories of two Iraq and Afghanistan veterans battling substance abuse and working in their communities to help other veterans.
Find information on SAMHSA’s efforts to support military