People often don’t get the mental health services they need because they don’t know where to start.
Talk to your primary care doctor or another health professional about mental health problems. Ask them to connect you with the right mental health services.
If you do not have a health professional who is able to assist you, use these resources to find help for yourself, your friends, your family, or your students.
If the situation is potentially life-threatening, get immediate emergency assistance by calling 911, available 24 hours a day.
If you or someone you know is suicidal or in emotional distress, contact the National Suicide Prevention Hot-line . Trained crisis workers are available to talk 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your confidential and toll-free call goes to the nearest crisis center in the Lifeline national network. These centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals.
Get general information on mental health and locate treatment services in your area. Speak to a live person, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST.
Current and former service members may face different mental health issues than the general public
Military One-source is 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 1-800-342-9647.
The Defense Center of Excellence for Phycholical Health and Tramatic Brain Injury
(DCoE) provides information and resources about psychological health, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and traumatic brain injury. To contact the center:
Call 1-866-966-1020, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
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: 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: is V A’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.
The National Resource Directory connects wounded warriors, Service Members, Veterans, and their families with national, state, and local support programs. The NRD is a partnership among the Departments of Defense, Labor, and Veterans Affairs.
The DoD/VA Suicide Outreach: provides resources for suicide prevention, including hot-lines, assessments, treatment options, and professional forums. The site supports all members of the U.S. Armed Forces and reserve components, veterans, families, and providers.
Moving forward: A free, on-line 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.