Mental Health Resources for Service Members, Veterans, and their Families
May is Military Appreciation Month and SAMHSA’s Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVF) Technical Assistance (TA) Center is eager to acknowledge the ongoing dedication of our military and their families, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As communities across the country are under shelter in place orders to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, National Guard members and active duty service members are once again on the front lines, bravely confronting this public health crisis to save lives and protect the health and safety of our Nation.
While our SMVF are at physical risk during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is vital to attend to and support their behavioral health needs. Whether serving on the front lines to provide essential services or staying at home to help to flatten the curve, there are resources available. SAMHSA understands the challenges posed by the current crisis and is providing guidance and resources to assist individuals, providers, communities, and states across the country and is continuing to grow its COVID-19-related behavioral health resources each week. Here are some additional resources available to help assist SMVF with their behavioral health needs.
- VA: Mental Health and Well-Being During the COVID-19 Outbreak | This U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) webpage provides information on topics such as staying connected, mitigating anxiety and depression, avoiding too much exposure to the news, and staying informed.
- Mental Health of America: Military Mental Health | Mental Health America provides information to help to break down the stigma of mental health issues among SMVF and medical staff to ensure that a higher number of military families receive the prompt and high-quality care they deserve.
- Military One Source: Service Providers & Leaders | Serving the military community well means having access to the best resources. Service members, military spouses, and military children have unique needs in a continually changing landscape. Military OneSource has information, documents, and products that will let you extend your helping hand with confidence.
- Red Cross: Flattening the Curve and Your Stress—Military Mental Health Experts Explain How | The American Red Cross provides online COVID-19 classes for military and Veteran communities.
If you are unable to locate the resources you need, please contact the SMVF TA Center.