Recent news from Afghanistan has potentially placed a strain on the mental health of veterans, active duty, and military family members. CVN has put together some helpful tips and strategies to support their mental health during this time (see more below). Network leaders are speaking publicly about the idea that recent events are likely to have significant impacts on the mental health of our community.
“This could be that time where those moments, emotions, feelings and regrets are reactivated,” said CVN President & CEO Dr. Anthony Hassan. “But hopefully this is a time for them to get the help that they need as well.”
How Do We Talk About It?
CVN’s Caitlin Thompson joined the Elizabeth Dole Foundation to discuss this issue
Now is not the time to go it alone. Reach out to a family member, friend, battle buddy, and talk to them about how you’re feeling. And if you need additional support, see resources available right now:
- Veterans Crisis Line – If you are having thoughts of suicide, call 1-800-273-8255, PRESS 1 or VeteransCrisisLine.net
- For emergency mental health care, you can also go directly to a local VA medical center 24/7 regardless of discharge status or enrollment in VA health care. Find a location near you: va.gov/find-locations
- Vet Centers – Discuss how you feel with other veterans in these community-based counseling centers. Call: 1-877-927-8387 or find one near you: va.gov/find-locations
- Warrior Wellness Alliance from the George W. Bush Institute connects veterans with high-quality mental health care providers. Call: (630) 522-4904 or visit bushcenter.org/veteran-wellness/clinical-care
- Vets4Warriors offers immediate, free, and long-term peer support through confidential phone, chat, text, and email conversations. Call: 1-855-838-8255 or visit vets4warriors.com
- Service members and their immediate military family members can contact Military OneSource 24/7 to get connected with confidential, non-medical counseling Call: 1-800-342-9647 or visit: militaryonesource.mil
- Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) provides comfort, care and resources to all those grieving the death of a military loved one. Get connected to support, advocacy, and casework assistance.
- VA Women Veterans Call Center – Call or text 1-855-829-6636 (M-F 8AM – 10PM & SAT 8AM – 6:30PM ET)
- VA Caregiver Support Line – Call 1-855-260-3274 (M-F 8AM – 10PM & SAT 8AM – 5PM ET)
- This guide will help you access VA mental health services, which may include treatment and support for PTSD, the effects of military sexual trauma (MST), depression, grief, substance use problems, and anxiety-related conditions.
- Find information, resources, and veteran-to-veteran videos for challenging life events and experiences with mental health issues at maketheconnection.net
- Caregivers, join the Elizabeth Dole Foundation community for Hidden Heroes
- CVN Tools For Stress & Worry is a free, self-paced online course developed by Cohen Veterans Network with support from Blue Star Families. It provides easy-to-use tools, strategies, & techniques and is accessible whenever / wherever families need to manage stress & worry. Get started at cohenveteransnetwork.org/toolsforstress
- Download VA’s self-help mobile apps for tools to help deal with common reactions like, stress, sadness, and anxiety.
- IAVA’s Quick Reaction Force (QRF) provides free, confidential, 24/7 peer support, remote care management and connections to quality resources for all veterans and family members. Call: 855-91-RAPID or visit iava.org/quick-reaction-force