Health & Wellness
JULY: MILITARY & VETS HEALTH AWARENESS
Our nation’s veterans have sacrificed greatly for our country, yet many pay a severe price for their service, suffering from combat-related injuries and mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, and traumatic brain injury. Some are also at increased risk for substance abuse/addiction. Therefore, quality health care is critical as veterans return to their communities and continue on their path in civilian life. If you know a veteran who is struggling, the following resources are available to assist them in getting the help they need.
RESOURCES FOR VETERANS, FAMILY & FRIENDS
Coaching Into Care – This VA program provides guidance for helping family members encourage their Veterans to get on a better track. Free, confidential assistance is available by calling 1-888-823-7458 or emailing CoachingIntoCare@va.gov. http://www.mirecc.va.gov/coaching/
VA Caregiver Support – The VA Caregiver Support Program offers training, educational resources, and a variety of tools to help you succeed. Call the Caregiver Support Line at 855–260–3274 for advice on being a caregiver. https://www.caregiver.va.gov/
Veteran’s Crisis Line – You can reach the Veterans Crisis Line by dialing 1-800-273-8255 and pressing 1. Or you can start a confidential online chat session at the VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat. For anyone struggling with suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
Make the Connection – Watch Veterans and their family members share real stories of strength and recovery, find useful information and local mental health resources, and explore ways to show your support, at maketheconnection.net.
National Center for PTSD: Help for Family and Friends – The National Center for PTSD provides information about the effects of Veterans’ trauma on their families, children, relationships, and communities, as well as resources and support to help Veterans and their family members and friends to respond and cope with those effects. https://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/family/resources_family_friends.asp