Mental Health Information
Learn about common reactions to stressful deployment experiences and what you can do to help.
Make the Connection
This website shares stories of how Veterans and their families coped with a wide range of mental health issues, such as PTSD, depression, alcohol and substance use, and other changes in thinking and behavior.
National Center for PTSD
This is the center of excellence for research and education on the prevention, understanding, and treatment of PTSD.
Veteran’s Crisis Line (VCL)
The VCL connects Veterans, their families, and friends in crisis with qualified, caring VA responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text.
Text: Send a message to 838255
Phone: 800-273-8255 and Press 1
Caregiver Support Line
The Caregiver Support Line is designed to direct family members who are caregivers of Veterans currently receiving VA care to supportive services and programs provided by VA.
OEF/OIF/OND Program Locator
OEF/OIF/OND combat Veterans can receive cost free medical care for any condition related to their service in the Iraq/Afghanistan theater for five years after the date of their discharge or release. Use this locator tool to find the contact information for the OEF/OIF/OND clinic at your nearest VA medical Center.
Substance Use Disorder Programs
The VA offers a number of options for those seeking treatment for substance use problems. Treatment is provided in an outpatient or residential setting, depending on the Veteran’s needs. Use this locator tool to find VA SUD services in your area.
The Homeless Veterans Program connects homeless and at-risk Veterans with housing solutions, health care, community employment services and other required supports.
Vet Center Program
Vet Centers understand and appreciate Veterans' war experiences while assisting them and their family members toward a successful post-war adjustment in or near their community.
Veteran Justice Outreach Program
Specialists in this program provide direct outreach, assessment and case management for justice-involved Veterans in local courts and jails and serve as a liaison with local justice system partners.
The advantage of VA care is that these services are designed specifically to serve the needs of our US military Veterans, which differ in important ways from service provided to non-Veterans. The VHA system is designed to treat Veterans with complex needs, including treatment services for those with injuries and health issues associated with participation in combat deployments.
How VA is Organized
VA is organized into Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISNs). Each VISN has at least two medical centers, and each medical center has outpatient clinics onsite and small, mid-sized and large community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) throughout the VISN.
Mental Health Programs
VA provides specialized care for many types of mental health treatment needs. Treatment can include family members and can occur in a range of inpatient, outpatient, and residential settings. These programs and treatments are described at the special mental health section of the VA website.