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If you, your family or a friend is still unprepared to admit help is needed, these tools may assist in arriving at a decision to talk to someone – though a professional will be ultimately required for treatment.
Telephone: 1-800-273-8255, Select Option #1
Live Chat: https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/get-help/military-crisis-line
Remarks: This is a Department of Defense (DoD) product. It is a feature-rich, internet-based wellness resource focused on helping service members, their families, and veterans with common post-deployment concerns. Emphases include pre-clinical self-care solutions, anonymous self-assessments, mobile applications, and also the use of social media, such as blogs and forums, with the intention of establishing an online community. Has a primitive service locator (See below for others.). [The former Military Pathways website has been rolled into this one.]
Make the Connection
Remarks: A Department of Veterans Affairs product which can be customized, it focuses on mental/behavioral health, including PTSD. It is intended to be a one-stop resource for military, veterans and their families and friends to privately explore. Through the testimonials of others who have similar experiences, videos, checklists, identification of symptoms, it seeks to get the veteran to seek treatment.
Help Yourself. Help Others
Remarks: Produced by SMH (Screening for Mental Health, Inc.), it is a thorough site which provides anonymous, self-assessments for depression, bipolar disorder, alcohol use, post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, etc. for college students, military members and veterans and their families, and the general public. Gives referral information to services. etc.
For More Information
LVMAC publishes a booklet entitled the “Veterans and Families’ Guide to Recovering From PTSD” written by Stephanie Laite Lanham which was at one time produced by the Military Order of the Purple Heart for the use of VA Veterans Centers. It is available upon request at no charge to Lehigh Valley military veterans and their families. Its primary purpose is to educate the veteran’s family about PTSD and also provide useful resources brought down to the local level as much as possible (in the resource guide in the back) such as such as local crisis hotlines (for emergencies), lines to help (for non-emergencies), support groups, locator services, and additional readings for families (including children) and for medical professionals.
Last Updated: 29 August 2021 (routine link review, afterdeployment link updated)