General Military Mental Health Resources

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

 

Institute of Medicine

Brief: Behavioral Health Issues Among Afghanistan and Iraq U.S. War Veterans
Introduces some of the behavioral health problems facing veterans who have served in Afghanistan and Iraq, including substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and suicide. Also discusses screening tools and intervention.

 

Report Brief: Substance Use Disorders in the U.S. Armed Forces
Calls for better prevention, screening, and treatment for service members, National Guard and Reserve members, and their families.

     
Free Mental Health Screening
Free, annoymous mental health assessment for members of military.
   
     

Department of Defense

Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury
DCoE assesses and facilitates prevention, identification, treatment, outreach, rehabilitation, and reintegration programs for psychological health and traumatic TBI to ensure that the DoD meets the needs of the nation's military communities.

inTransition Program
Helps service members who are receiving mental health treatment transition to a new health care system or provider.
Web Training For Providers
Communications Materials for Providers & Service Members

 

Tips for Civilian Health Care Professionals
Tips, resources and educational information for civilian health care professionals about TBI and PTSD and how to approach military patients.

Center for Deployment Psychology
Trains military and civilian behavioral health professionals to provide high-quality deployment related behavioral health services to military personnel and their families.
Military Deployment Mental Health Resources
Training for Military & Civilian Providers

 

Military Kids Connect
This fun and interactive website is designed to help military kids support one another and learn coping and resilience-building skills. It features customized content for three age groups: children, tweens and teens with interactive maps; a scrapbook application; games; videos; instructional tools; a virtual personal space; and moderated social networking message boards for tweens and teens.

AfterDeployment.org
A behavioral health resource for providers supporting service members, their families, and veterans with common post-deployment challenges. 

Assessments
links to descriptions, scoring information, and supporting research for each of AfterDeployment.org's twenty-nine self-assessments.

 

Client Handouts
Handouts for clients on a variety of military and mental health related topics such as PTSD, mTBI, sleep, stigma, military sexual trauma, and more.

Library
Site's complete set of text-and multiple-media resources assembled by subject expert teams to align with each of the site's content modules, found on the home page.

 

Briefings
Briefings for families of service members, returning service members, and health care professionals caring for this population.


Department of Veterans Affairs

VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guidelines
A constantly updated list of the newest clinical practice guidelines developed by the VA and DoD.
  VA Community Provider Toolkit
Key tools to support the mental health services you provide to Veterans. Find info on connecting with VA, understanding military culture and experience, and tools for working with a variety of mental health conditions.
Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD
This Center conducts research and education on the prevention, understanding, and treatment of PTSD. It has seven divisions across the country.
Guide to VA Mental Health Services
A short and simplified version of the VA Mental Health Handbook, for veterans and families. (pdf)

Mental Health Environment of Care Checklist
Developed for VA Hospitals to use to review inpatient mental health units for environmental hazards. The purpose is to identify and abate environmental hazards that could increase the chance of patient suicide or self-harm. The checklist has been used in all VA mental health units since October 2007.

 

From the War Zone to the Home Front - Online Training
As a follow up to last year's series, this training will offer:

  • 9 new free trainings to help meet the needs of returning Veterans and their families
  • Free weekly series Thursdays 3/14-5/2, 11:30-12:30 ET (or via archive)
  • Live, online training with Q&A, for community primary care and mental health providers
  • Bonus presentation May 30th: PTSD Diagnosis and DSM-5 by Dr. Matthew Friedman

As a community service CEs are available. Last year's 14 sessions are also available: Access 2012 archives.

Veterans Employment Toolkit
Helps employers, managers and supervisors, and HR support Veterans in the workplace to increase Veterans’ retention of employment and facilitate their success in the workplace.
 
Health Services Research & Development Service - Evidence Based Synthesis Program
Established to provide timely and accurate syntheses of targeted healthcare topics of particular importance to clinicians, managers and policymakers working to improve the health and health care of Veterans.
Serving Those Who Have Served: Educational Needs of Health Care Providers Working with Military Members, Veterans, and their Families
Report on web-based survey of rural and urban mental health and primary care community providers.

Suicide Risk Factors and Risk Assessment Tools: A Systematic Review
Reviews recent evidence about risk factors and risk assessment tools within Veteran and military populations to provide evidence for clinical practice guideline development specific to these populations.

 

Suicide Prevention Interventions and Referral/Follow-up Services: A Systematic Review
Examines recent research on suicidal self-directed violence and reviews relevant literature.

     

National Resource Directory
Online tool connecting wounded warriors, Service Members, Veterans and families with those who support them. Provides access to thousands of services and resources at the national, state/territory and local levels that support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration. Find information about PTSD, TBI, depression, anxiety and panic disorders, and more.

Health Care Provider Resources
Resources for those who deliver primary and specialty care to Service Members and Veterans. Includes tips for communicating, info on reimbursement rates, and guides to becoming a CHAMPVA or TRICARE provider.

  Provider Resistance Mobile App
Free mobile app for military health care providers to help stay productive and emotionally healthy as they attend to service members, veterans and their families. This app is available for Apple and Android devices.

Military Connection

Veteran Resource Directory
Webpage that provides the military community and veteran community with up-to-date government resource web sites.

  Military to Civilian Occupation Translator
Tool that allows Veteran Job Seekers and Military Job Seekers to translate military skills, military experience and military training to find civilian career opportunities that fit your capabilities.

Justice for Vets
In 2009, the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) launched Justice For Vets: The National Clearinghouse for Veterans Treatment Courts. Justice For Vets (JFV) is exclusively committed to ensuring that veterans involved in the criminal justice system have access to Veterans Treatment Courts and the benefits, services and treatment they have earned.

Dispatch from the Front Lines
From higher education to working with Veterans Service Organizations and federal agencies, each Dispatch contains information vital to enhance new and existing Veterans Treatment Courts in order to better serve veterans.