Mind - Body - Spirit
If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or self-harm, there are resources available that can help. Crisis text and call lines are free and confidential. These resources are completely anonymous. In most cases, no one will have to know that you contacted them. Even if you're unsure or if you think that your problems are not as serious as someone else’s problems, know that it never hurts to call if things don't feel right.
If you think someone needs help, do a BUDDY CHECK - CALL THEM NOW! A well-timed call from a friend can make all the difference to someone who is struggling.
Take a deeper look at these VetCV Tools and Resources by clicking on the links, download, or Learn More buttons or explore the main VetCV Resource Library.
Life has its challenges. As a Veteran you don't have to solve them alone. Use this site to get support that is designed specifically for you. If you’re a family member or a friend, you can also find resources that are designed specifically for the Veteran in your life. https://www.va.gov/REACH/
Networks, programs and help lines to ensure you receive the right help for your mental health needs. Military OneSource offers non-medical counseling and information about health care services and benefits.
The PsychArmor team of professionals have created an extremely valuable resource of culture educational products for healthcare providers, Veterans, employers, and military family members via short and relevant videos. We highly recommend you check our their video course library!
Dr. McCarthy's 20 minute free video course is very insightful for friends, family, and caregivers. We urge you to take a look and do something if your instinct is making you worried about someone.
Stories of Veteran Strength and Resilience
Someone listens to you, and you don’t feel alone
The times are always going to get better
It Can’t Hurt to Talk to Somebody
I’m a Lot More Kind, I’m a Lot More Patient
Don't be Afraid to Ask for Help
Finding Support to Manage Bipolar Symptoms
Go for It: Take That First Step
He’s a Different Person Now
Treatment and Recovery with Family Support
Family Members of Veterans Share Their Stories
The Florida Suicide Prevention Coalition offers help, hope and resources to those experiencing issues related to suicide and to those that have had a loss to suicide. They have summarized a quick dashboard of Warning Signs you should know. Even if you don't live in Florida, they can help you find a local resource in your state.
An excellent article from Wounded Warrior Project with information on PTSD, TBI, and Combat Stress.
Among their numerous programs, Wounded Warrior Project offers a path to mental health treatment with the Warrior Care Network.
Reducing access to lethal means, such as firearms and medication, can determine whether a person at risk for suicide lives or dies. This free online course focuses on how to reduce access to common lethal methods. Learn about safe firearm storage and access, as well as the appropriate storage of alcoholic beverages, prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, and poisons. At a minimum, all firearms, meds, and poisons should be securely locked away from the vulnerable person’s access until he or she has recovered.
Learn to identify the Signs of suicide, Ask questions, Validate the Veteran’s experience, and Escort the Veteran to care and Expedite treatment. S.A.V.E. training is provided through VA suicide prevention resources across the country.
Talking, listening to, and telling one's story may be one of the most powerful healing tools available to Veterans dealing with PTSD. The Library of Congress has a long-standing research program called The Veterans History Project, dedicated to collecting, recording, cataloging, and archiving personal narratives and stories from American Veterans. Many of these entries are in the form of in-person video or audio interviews. For many of us, hearing these stories lets us know that we are not alone in our experiences and that, although it often may not feel like it, there are generations of American Warfighters who truly are able to understand what we are going through.
Goodbye Viet Nam
Life after war
"Goodbye Viet Nam" is a letter written by Chris Lambert, a U.S. Marine, saying goodbye to over 40 years of nightmares surviving alcoholism, drug dependance and even bouts of suicidal tenancies.
Two Purple Hearts by the time he was 19 years old and now a lifetime of living life at its' fullest and helping others do the same. Meet Chris, an American Hero, a United States Marine! You might a few things in common, check out his story.
The VA Benefits and Services course is now available online through TAPevents.org to transitioning service members, Veterans, family members, and caregivers. You do not need to be on a CAC-enabled device to access the course.
The NRD is a database of validated resources that supports recovery, rehabilitation, and reintegration for service members, veterans, family members, and caregivers. We strongly encourage you to take a look at this powerful resource!