Help for Service Members and Their Families
Current and former service members, and their families, may face different mental health issues than the general public.
While PTSD and depression are the two most publicized mental health concerns of service members, veterans and their families, there are others—ranging from traumatic brain injury (TBI) and substance abuse to interpersonal violence and suicide. General military service members, as well as those in combat and other deployments, may be at increased risk for mental health issues.
Resources for Service Members
- Military OneSource: A free service provided by the Department of Defense to service members and their families to help with a broad range of concerns, including possible mental health problems. Call and talk anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 800-342-9647.
- The Psychological Health Center of Excellence (PHCoE): PHCoE provides psychological health research consultation and expertise to leaders, providers, service members, and their families. Call 866-966-1020, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, live chat, or email.
- Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence (TBICoE): TBICoE promotes state-of-the-science traumatic brain injury care from point-of-injury to reintegration for service members, veterans and their families.
- TRICARE® is the health care program serving uniformed service members, retirees, and their families worldwide.
Resources for Veterans
- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Mental Health Resources provides information about mental health and support services specifically for veterans.
- The VA Mental Health connects veterans to mental health services the VA provides for veterans and families. All mental health care provided by VHA supports recovery. The programs aim to enable people with mental health problems to live meaningful lives in their communities and achieve their full potential.
- Vet Centers: Community based centers that provide a range of counseling, outreach and referral services to eligible veterans in order to help them make a satisfying post-war readjustment to civilian life.
- National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: The center's purpose is to improve the well-being and understanding of individuals who have experienced traumatic events, with a focus on American veterans.
- National Call Center for Homeless Veterans: Resource to ensure homeless veterans or veterans at risk for homelessness have access to trained counselors 24/7. The hotline is intended to assist homeless veterans, their families, VA medical centers, federal, state and local partners, community agencies, service providers and others in the community.
- Make the Connection: VA’s public awareness and outreach campaign. The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness on mental health symptoms, conditions, and treatment and encourage Veterans to get the care and support they have earned through their service.
Resources for Both Service Members and Veterans
- The National Resource Directory (NRD) connects wounded warriors, service members, veterans, and their families with national, state, and local support programs. NRD is a partnership among the Departments of Defense, Labor, and Veterans Affairs.
- Moving Forward is a free, online educational and life coaching program that teaches problem-solving skills to help you to better handle life's challenges. It is designed to be especially helpful for veterans, service members and their families.