Finding Help for Mental Health Needs
If you are living with symptoms of a mental health condition—such as anxiety, depression, or PTSD—help is available to you.
WoVeN does not provide mental health treatment or services, but there are many resources that can help you learn more about mental health symptoms or connect you with the treatment you need.
If You Are in Crisis
- Contact the Veterans Crisis Line. You can call 1-800-273-8255 (press 1), send a text to 838255, or start an online Confidential Veterans Chat with a counselor
- Call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255
- Call 911
- Go to the nearest emergency room
Resources for Women Veterans
- MakeTheConnection is a one-stop resource where Veterans and their families can explore information on mental health issues, watch video testimonials from women Veterans who have overcome mental health challenges, and access the support and resources they need.
- The Women Veterans Call Center provides women Veterans and their families with information about VA services and resources. All call center representatives are women and many are Veterans. Call 1-855-VA-WOMEN (1-855-829-6636) or visit womenshealth.va.gov and click the “Chat with the Women Veterans Call Center” icon to anonymously chat via real-time text messaging with a trained WVCC representative.
- The National Center for PTSD website has information and tools to help you learn more about trauma and PTSD, manage symptoms, and find treatment. They also offer fact sheets on issues specific to women.
Resources for Veterans
- All VA Medical Centers provide mental health care, and so do many smaller VA clinics. If you are not currently enrolled, apply online at www.va.gov/healthbenefits/enrollor call 1-877-222-VETS (8387). You may also apply for enrollment in person at your local VA
- Vet Centers across the country offer a broad range of mental health counseling, outreach, and referral services to Veterans and their families. Learn more about eligibility for Vet Center care or find a Vet Center near you.
- Download one of VA’s free mobile apps. These apps equip you with tools and information to manage stress and symptoms of anxiety, depression, or PTSD.
- The Veteran Combat Call Center is a confidential hotline where combat Veterans and their families can call to talk about any aspect of their military experience or readjustment to civilian life. All staff are combat Veterans or family members of combat Veterans. Call 1-877-WAR-VETS (1-877-927-8387).
- The DoD’s Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE) 24/7 Outreach Center for Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury provides information and can help you locate resources. Call 1-866-966-1020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Wounded Warrior Project: Warrior Care Network is a collaboration between Wounded Warrior Project and its medical partners. It connects Veterans living with PTSD, TBI, and other conditions to clinical services.
- Military OneSource offers counseling and many other resources. Call their 24/7 hotline: 1-800-342-9647.
Resources for Everyone
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers an online Mental Health Services Locator. Call for assistance 24 hours a day 1-800-662-HELP (4357).
- RAINN , the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. Call their 24/7 free National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or start a confidential chat.
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides 24-hour support and crisis intervention to victims and survivors of domestic violence at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or start a confidential chat.
- Sidran Institute Help Desk will help you find treatment for trauma-related mental health issues. Email or call the Help Desk at (410) 825-8888.
- American Psychological Association has a Psychologist Locator that allows you to search by location, specialty, insurance accepted, and gender of provider.
- Psychology Today offers a directory that can help you find a local therapist or treatment center.
This list of resources is presented for informational purposes only. Do not use this information to diagnose or treat a mental health problem without consulting a qualified health or mental health care provider. Please contact us with any feedback or questions about a particular resource listed here.