Veterans of all ages find themselves needing support when they return home. Each veteran is different and may have different needs at different times in their lives. There are a variety of mental health resources available for veterans to make the transition to daily life a bit easier.
BeThere is a program designed to pair veterans with people who can relate to their struggles because they have been there. BeThere connects veterans with peer coaches who are also veterans and allow them to talk privately. This peer assistance program also can connect service members and military spouses. BeThere is available 24 hours a day and can be reached at 800-342-9647. This service is free and confidential.
There are a variety of services offered online for those who do not live near a VA facility or prefer to receive services online. For everyday challenges, the Veteran Training Online Self-Help portal may offer solutions. The portal offers help managing anger, developing parenting skills, and developing problem-solving skills. The portal is free to use and you don’t have to sign up or provide personal information to utilize this resource.
There are different apps available for smartphones that help veterans manage their physical and mental health including dealing with stress and quitting smoking. These apps are available to download for free and serve as a great resource that can be used for daily tracking of stress levels. These apps can also serve as a supplement for additional services that are being provided at counseling or the VA.
Telemental Health Program
To use the Telemental Health program, you must be registered with the VA. Once registered, you can visit with a VA mental health provider through your phone or computer. This is great for veterans who do not live near the VA or have mobility restrictions.
Individual or Group Counseling
Individual or Group Counseling is available for combat veterans at Vet Centers for free for you and your family. These services are available for free even if you aren’t enrolled in VA healthcare and are not receiving disability compensation. Additional services include military sexual trauma counseling, readjustment counseling, bereavement counseling, employment counseling, and abuse assessment and referral.