VA has mental health resources available to veterans


FAIRFIELD – The Northern California VA health care system is raising awareness of its mental health resources available to veterans, and especially those at risk for suicide.

“Our veterans have selflessly served and sacrificed for this country. Now it’s our turn to serve them, ”David Stockwell, director of the VA Northern California Health Care System medical center, said in a statement. “Whether Veterans are looking for peer support, clinical care, counseling, or something else, VA and our community partners can help. You’re not alone. VA is here to help.

The VA encourages veterans in need to reach out and encourages those who know veterans to help out as well:

• Call or text a friend or veteran to tell them what they are going through.

Take advantage of VA tools for help as you face life’s challenges:

• VA NorCal Mental Health Services. Refer Northern California Veterans to review mental health services available at VA NorCal. www.va.gov/northern-california-health-care/health-services/mental-health-care/.
• Make the Connection, where over 600 Veterans and their families share their stories of strength and recovery. www.maketheconnection.net/.
• MyVA411, where veterans, their families and caregivers can call 1-800-MyVA411 (800-698-2411) for easy access to information about VA benefits and services. www.va.gov/contact-us/.
• If you are a supporter, reach out, offer your support, and encourage veterans you know to seek help when they need it.

VA Solid Start also connects veterans transitioning from military to civilian life with qualified representatives. Self-Assessment is a confidential, anonymous service that Veterans can use to help them understand if and how stress and depression affect them. It is available at www.benefits.va.gov/transition/solid-start.asp.

Veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless can obtain free and confidential support through the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans. at www.va.gov/HOMELESS/NationalCallCenter.asp. Qualified counselors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Veterans do not need to be registered with VA or registered with VA health care to contact the national call center.

Veterans and their families can also find additional external resources on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Behavioral Health Treatment Services tool at https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/.

For more information and resources, visit www.va.gov/reach/spm/.


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