Mental Health Programs

Mental Health Programs

Mental Health Programs

Make The Connection

Make The Connection is a VA-administered online support group for veterans and their families who are navigating service-related mental health challenges. It allows veterans and their families to connect with other veterans and military families anonymously and to read, view, or share their stories.

To explore testimonials and other resources, visit www.maketheconnection.net

Or visit https://va.org/animal-rescue-and-veteran-support-services-corp/

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Treatment

Historically known as “shell shock” or “battle fatigue,” PTSD can occur after a veteran has been through a traumatic event.  In the military context, PTSD is most often caused by combat exposure, although it may also be caused by non-combat situations like serious injuries, natural disasters, terrorist attacks, or sexual or physical assault/abuse.

The main symptoms of PTSD are:

  • Hyperarousal: irritability, trouble concentrating, sleep problems, or a constant sense of impending danger
  • Persistent negative thoughts: paranoia, selective amnesia regarding traumatic event, apathy towards friends and family, or thoughts of suicide
  • Recurring memories of traumatic event: nightmares, flashbacks, or triggering sights, sounds, smells, or sensations
  • Avoidance: refusal to remember or talk about traumatic event, avoidance of similar situations to a degree that interferes with normal functioning, or anti-social behavior to avoid being around unknown persons or large groups of people

All VA Medical Centers have PTSD treatment specialists on hand, and Community Based Outpatient Clinics in many VA locations make it easier than ever to get help.

Mental Health Programs

Acute/Intensive Inpatient PTSD Programs

  • TSD Day Hospitals (DH)
  • PTSD Domiciliary (PTSD Dom)
  • PTSD Residential Rehabilitation Program (PRRP)

Other Inpatient PTSD Programs

  • Evaluation and Brief Treatment of PTSD Unit (EBTPU)
  • Specialized Inpatient PTSD Unit (SIPU)
  • Women’s Trauma Recovery Program (WTRP)

Outpatient PTSD Programs

  • Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs)
  • PTSD Clinical Team (PCT)
  • Substance Use PTSD Team (SUPT)
  • Women’s Stress Disorder Treatment Team (WSDTT)

To locate a PTSD Treatment Center, visit www.va.gov/directory/guide/ptsd_flsh.asp

Substance Abuse Treatment

Abuse of alcohol, prescription drugs, and illegal drugs can seriously interfere with a veteran’s mental health, can have devastating physical, emotional, and financial impacts, and can cause serious problems in relationships with friends and family.  Substance Use Disorder, or “SUD,” often occurs in conjunction with other service-related mental and physical health problems.  The VA provides treatment for SUD through a combination of the following services:

  • initial alcohol and tobacco use screening
  • motivation-based outpatient counseling
  • intensive outpatient therapy
  • drug substitution therapy
  • live-in substance abuse treatment
  • medical detoxification and stabilization
  • relapse prevention treatment and continued care
  • self-help group therapy
  • family and marriage counseling

To locate a SUD Program service provider, visit www.va.gov/directory/guide/SUD_flsh.asp

Other Mental Health Programs

www.mentalhealth.va.gov

  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Military Sexual Trauma (MST)
  • Schizophrenia
  • Suicide Prevention
6 Comments
  • Lady
    Posted at 04:11h, 25 April Reply

    Coordination of medical, mental health and substance abuse services remains an important component of the standard on basic mental health services. Communication among providers is critical to ensure that comorbid conditions are adequately addressed.

  • Daysis
    Posted at 03:01h, 24 April Reply

    The Veterans Crisis Line and online chat are available to all Veterans and their families and friends, even if t hey are not registered with the VA or enrolled in VA health care.

  • Med Advice
    Posted at 17:19h, 23 April Reply

    The Veterans Crisis Line and online chat are available to all Veterans and their families and friends, even if t hey are not registered with the VA or enrolled in VA health care.

  • Worries
    Posted at 07:09h, 23 April Reply

    The Veterans Crisis Line and online chat are available to all Veterans and their families and friends, even if t hey are not registered with the VA or enrolled in VA health care.

  • Wancharida
    Posted at 14:54h, 15 April Reply

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  • Wanda Christian
    Posted at 12:32h, 16 February Reply

    My son is waiting for mental health help at Savannah VA. He is PTSD. He has gotten into trouble self medicating for this. Now they have taken his license. So moving to Savannah to be able to walk to VA and classes and programs with a friend who is trying to help him find his own place there. He also feels as if he can volunteer it may help. The problem now is having a record now no one wants to rent to him because of background check. How long will he have to constantly be put down. All it does is backs him up. After being tuned down he is back in bed watching hours of news each day from overseas which makes him worse. Tony just cant seem to socially survive especially when he feels his life is over and that he has ruined it. Tony was from Outlaw Platoon under Sean Parnell and 9 of his platoon have committed suicide

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