Finding Mental Health Providers for Veterans
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) of the Federal Government has many centers and mental health care professionals. There are also educational resources and screening tests on this website.
A handbook for users is the Guide to VA Mental Health Services for Veterans and Families.
If you are a Veteran or are in a veteran’s family, here is an online resource page for crisis hotlines and service locators.
The U.S. government agency the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), has many services for military personnel and veterans as well as statistics on the prevalence of mental health issues in veterans.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness, a non-governmental organization of persons involved in mental health issues offers many resources through the Veterans and Military Resource Center.
When Veterans age and/or retire, they may have different mental and physical health needs than those of their friends or family who have not undergone military experiences. “Make the Connection” is a website for veterans and their families which discusses the increasing challenges of getting older, shares stories and actions of others, and offers resources and helplines to assist veterans maintain a good quality of life. “Aging Care” is an organization that specializes in information for persons considering assisted living; they offer advice to veterans and list sources of assistance.