Mental Health - VA Caregiver Support Program
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Mental Health

Resources & Services for Family Members/Caregivers of Veterans w/Mental Health Disorders 

Mental Health Crisis
Confidential 24/7 Veterans Crisis Line (for Veterans and their families)
The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255.  Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is also available.

Substance Abuse
VA's general information hotline 
1-800-827-1000

Substance Abuse Resources
Resources where the Caregiver and other family members can get help with dealing with addiction in their family:

Helpful Sites/Apps

VA Office of Mental Health
https://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/families/index.asp


National Center for PTSD
 
https://www.ptsd.va.gov

National Center for PTSD Mobile Apps
https://www.ptsd.va.gov/appvid/mobile 

Common Reactions After Trauma 
https://www.ptsd.va.gov/understand/isitptsd/common_reactions.asp  

Veteran's Crisis Online Chat or locate your local Suicide Prevention Coordinator
http://www.veteranscrisisline.net\

Screening Tools 
https://www.myhealth.va.gov/mhv-portal-web/screening-tools (USE SCREENING TOOL ON VIDEO)

AIMS 
https://www.veterantraining.va.gov/apps/aims/index.html

S.A.V.E. training  
http://BeThereForVeterans.com*

Depression Screening tool 
https://www.myhealth.va.gov/mhv-portal-web/depression-screening#noJavascript

Virtual Hope Box
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/virtual-hope-box/id825099621*

Caring for a Veteran with TBI
https://www.polytrauma.va.gov/understanding-tbi/index.asp
https://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/traumatic-brain-injury.asp 
https://health.mil/Military-Health-Topics/Centers-of-Excellence/Traumatic-Brain-Injury-Center-of-Excellence*

15 Things Veterans Want You to Know
https://www.psycharmor.org/courses/15-things-veterans-want-you-to-know/*

Coping Resources for Caregivers

Resilience-Building Strategies for Families Dealing with a Mental Illness
https://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/families/docs/Family-Resilience-Strategies.pdf

Stress Management in Families Dealing with a Mental Illness
https://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/families/docs/Stress-Management-in-Families.pdf

Caregiver Stress and Burnout
https://www.helpguide.org/articles/stress/caregiver-stress-and-burnout.htm *

Caregiver Stress: Tips for Taking Care of Yourself
https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/caregiver-stress/art-20044784 *

VA Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Caregivers
https://www.caregiver.va.gov/pdfs/VA-Suicide-Prevention-Toolkit-for-Caregivers.pdf

Suicide Prevention

https://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/suicide_prevention/index.asp

Programs/Services for Veterans

VA Mental Health Apps
https://mobile.va.gov/appstore/mental-health

Coaching Into Care
https://www.mirecc.va.gov/coaching/

SAMHSA: Resources for Families Coping with Mental and Substance Use Disorders
https://www.samhsa.gov/families*

Need Help?

Your local CSP Team/Caregiver Support Coordinators is a licensed professional who can support you by matching you with services for which you are eligible, and providing you with valuable information about resources that can help you stay smart, strong and organized as you care for the Veteran you love.

Call VA’s Caregiver Support Line at 1-855-260-3274 to learn more about the support that is available to you and for assistance connecting with the CSP Team/Caregiver Support Coordinator at your local VA facilities. We’re here Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET, and Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET.


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