Resources for mental health care

Service Members and their families face challenges that often lead to a need for mental health care. The resources here can help you make a decision about your need for professional help and then find the best help.

7 tools that reinforce warrior resilience [PDF]
This brochure summarizes the resources available to active-duty Service Members through DoD’s Real Warriors Campaign, including the DCoE Outreach Center, Real Warriors Live Chat, videos, contacts for help, and message boards. Similar brochures are available for Veterans and for National Guard and Reserve.

5 questions to ask your psychological health provider [PDF]
Once you have made the decision to reach out to a professional for help, this booklet from DoD’s Real Warriors Campaign contains information to help you prepare for and get the most out of your appointment with your provider.

Moving Forward [App]
Designed specifically for Service Members and Veterans, Moving Forward helps you develop problem-solving skills to cope with stress and manage challenges such as return to civilian life, finances, relationship problems, career decisions, and physical injuries. Available only for Apple devices.

Provider Resilience [App]
Healthcare providers face special kinds of emotional hazards associated with their occupation, including compassion fatigue and burnout. This app (available for both Apple and Android devices) is designed to help anyone who deals with trauma patients.

Resilience in a time of war
The American Psychological Association’s experts on mental health provide this guide to help readers deal with the unique challenges associated with wartime conditions. It includes tips on how to build and maintain resilience during difficult times.

Resilience in a time of war: Homecoming
Warfighters returning home face an often-difficult transition. This American Psychological Association information can help you know what to expect and how to maneuver the pitfalls of the “return to normalcy.” It includes special considerations for National Guard members and reservists returning to their regular jobs.

The psychological needs of U.S. Military Service Members and their families [PDF]
This 2007 report from the Presidential Task Force on Military Deployment Services for Youth, Families and Service Members addresses concerns about the psychological risks of Service Members and their families and their needs for mental health services.

National Institute of Mental Health
This division of the National Institutes of Health provides extensive information and resources on all aspects of mental health. It’s a good place to start gathering reliable, evidence-based information, whether for yourself or someone you’re caring for.

The Psychological Health Center of Excellence provides this free, confidential program for active-duty Service Members, National Guard members, reservists, Veterans, and retirees who need mental health care when in transition between assignments or duty, after deployment, or out of military service.

Psychologist locator from APA
Use this link to access the American Psychological Association’s searchable database and find a local psychologist who specializes in the treatment of your specific mental health concerns.

See also HPRC’s “Where do you serve?” section for your branch of service for additional policy and other branch-specific information. See our home page for links to each service branch.

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