As our country faces an epidemic of isolation and loneliness, access to mental health resources has never been more important. Veteran mental health is especially critical, as many members of our military report feeling isolated after leaving active duty.
Below is a brief collection of resources available to help our nation’s heroes address critical mental health needs and find connectedness once again.
Veterans Crisis Hotline
If you are in crisis, please reach out to Veterans Crisis Line by dialing 988, then press 1. You can also use the Veterans Crisis Line Chat. Both of these services are free, and available 24/7. You do not have to be enrolled in VA benefits or health care to access these services.
The Veteran Wellness Alliance, a joint venture by WWP, the Bush Institute, Combined Arms, and Institute for Veterans and Military Families, offers Veteran Check In, which allows veterans and their loved ones to seek care and support. Those who qualify can choose to Get Connected with Care or Get Involved with Peers. Veteran Check In will reach back out to provide the support you need.
Wounded Warrior Project
Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) offers a host of resources for service members, including a veteran mental health program that provides professional clinical services to address challenges associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), military sexual trauma (MST), and traumatic brain injury (TBI). WWP’s Mental Health program also provides participants with interactive programs and rehabilitative retreats in order to further support veteran mental health.
Travis Manion Foundation
Travis Manion Foundation (TMF) understands the importance of community and peer support in restoring and maintaining veteran mental health. Through programs aimed at empowering veterans and offering them opportunities to serve, such as mentoring youth through Character Does Matter and improving our nation’s communities through Operation Legacy service projects, TMF is focused on improving veteran mental health and restoring purpose, belonging, and community among our nation's heroes. To become part of the TMF community, join the Mission today.
Beyond the VA, many veterans are unfamiliar with the multitude of resources that exist to serve and support veteran mental health. TMF believes it's our duty to ensure our nation's heroes are connected with resources to help them on their post-service journey. If you or a loved one are struggling with veteran mental health, please find the resource above that best fits your needs and connect today.