Mental Health Resources for Service Members and Families

August 20, 2021
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Current service members and their families may face different mental health-related concerns and challenges than their civilian counterparts. The resources listed here might provide you with additional insight and information tailored to your family’s needs. This list does not imply LMH endorsement - always carefully vet any mental health providers before making an appointment or seeking treatment. 

Mental Health Resources

inTransition offers one-on-one coaching for all service members and veterans who need support accessing mental health care during a transition, like returning from a deployment or transitioning out of service.

Mental Health First Aid Mental Health First Aid USA is a live training program — like regular First Aid or CPR — designed to give people the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The course uses role-playing and

simulations to demonstrate how to recognize and respond to the warning signs of specific illnesses.

Military Crisis Line connects a person in need to a trained counselor with a single phone call or click of a mouse. This confidential, immediate help is available 24/7 at no cost to active-duty, Guard, and Reserve members, their families, and friends.

Free, confidential, online screenings for anxiety, depression, mood disorders, PTSD, and other conditions are available on the Mental Health America's screening service page.

Moving Forward is a free, online educational and life coaching program that teaches problem-solving skills to help you handle life's challenges better. It is designed to be especially helpful for veterans, service members, and their families.

Deployment Health Clinical Center

The Department of Defense Deployment Health Clinical Center provides a list of resources for service members and their families and links to the Department of Defense Mental Health Self-Assessment Program.

Traumatic Brain Injury

National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder provides research and education on trauma and PTSD with a mission to improve the well-being and understanding of individuals who have experienced traumatic events with a focus on American veterans.

Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center created the A Head for the Future initiative to raise awareness and lower the risk of concussion. The campaign offers information about the signs, symptoms, and treatment of brain injuries and educates service members and veterans about preventing them.

The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury provides information and resources about psychological health, posttraumatic stress disorder, PTSD, and traumatic brain injury.

Domestic Violence and Child Abuse

The National Domestic Violence Hotline offers phone and chat services to anyone who has been affected by relationship abuse, including those who are currently in abusive relationships, those who are working to heal, friends or family of victims and survivors, and anyone who has questions about domestic violence. 

Additionally, your installation's Family Advocacy Program or mental health care provider can assist you and your family if you are the victim of domestic or child abuse. 

Sexual Assault

The DoD Self Helpline is a crisis support service for members of the Department of Defense community affected by a sexual assault that provides live, one-on-one specialized support and information. Available 24/7, from anywhere in the world, Safe Helpline is confidential, anonymous, and secure.

Substance Abuse Disorders

Free services for alcohol and substance use disorders are available to service members and family members through your local installation. In addition, each branch of the military has its own disorder prevention program. 

Army Substance Abuse Program 

Marine Corps Substance Abuse Program

Navy Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention

Mental health conditions are nothing to be ashamed of, and the sooner you reach out for help, the better. There are always resources available at your local installation. If you or someone you know is in crisis, contact the Military Crisis Line at 800-273-8255, press 1, or access online chat by texting 838255.

Mental Resources Tailored to Military Spouses 

Among the most stressful situations for military families are PCSing, dealing with housing, and finding a new support system. Spouses and families experience a different set of challenges. In addition to the resources available at Military OneSource, these following resources may be of help to you and your family.

Cohen Veterans Centers has expanded across the United States to help veterans and active-duty family members with mental health needs. Check out its website to see whether there is a location available near you.

Military Family Life Counselors, who provide short-term counseling, are available on all installations. The Family Readiness Group contact person in your spouse's unit should have the name and number of the unit's assigned Family Life Counselor. 

Related: Trying to understand how mental health fits into your military lifestyle? Maybe this post can help. 

 

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