Military families and service members who need assistance with deployment-related stress and relationships, along with other issues, such as depression, have several options. There is a wide array of available programs for preventative care and support. These programs are offered at your local military installation’s family service center, by chaplains, and National Guard and Reserve member family program staff. On military installations, military families can access individual or family counseling in Service specific family service centers and military hospitals or clinics. Military family members in need of long-term mental health care or who have a medically diagnosable condition will be referred to a Military Treatment Facility (MTF) and/or TRICARE’s civilian network.
The Military Crisis Line provides free, confidential support to service members and their families from qualified professionals. The Veterans Crisis Line provides free, confidential support to veterans and their families. The Military Crisis Line and the Veterans Crisis Line are open around the clock, seven days a week. Service members, veterans, and concerned family or friends can connect via phone, anonymous online chat, and text message. Service members, veterans, friends and families can call 1.800.273.8255 and press 1 for immediate help.
AfterDeployment.org provides interactive videos, resources, assessments and more information focusing on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anger, depression, and other topics.
Military Pathways provides anonymous mental health and alcohol self- assessments, along with additional resources for family members and loved ones.
The National Center for Telehealth and Technology has a list of mobile applications and healthcare provider resources for service members, veterans, and their families.
Until military families are relieved of the weight of war, we hope you will continue to contribute to their wellbeing.
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