RESOURCES

BraveHearts Resources

These are resources for BraveHearts Veterans

Crisis Resources & Hotlines

Website: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Phone: 800-273-8255

Description: This is a confidential, toll-free, 24-hour suicide prevention hotline. Call 1-800-273-TALK to receive support and local referrals.

Website: Crisis Text Line

Phone: Text “HOME” to 741-741

Description: This is a confidential, 24-hour suicide prevention text line. Text “HOME” to 741-741 to receive support and local referrals.

Description: The Veterans Crisis Line provides confidential help for Veterans, Service Members, and their families.

Website (and online chat): Veteran Crisis Line >

Phone: 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1

Text: 838-255

Website: National Domestic Violence Hotline

Phone: 800-799-7233

Description: The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides 24/7 counseling and support to victims of domestic violence and abuse at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). You can also chat online at the website above.

Website: The Trevor Project

Phone: 866-488-7386

Description: The Trevor Project’s trained counselors are here to support 24/7. If you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, call the TrevorLifeline now at 1-866-488-7386. Text and online chat is available on the website above.

Website: Teen Health & Wellness Hotline List

Description: A list of hotlines for teens facing issues ranging from bullying and abuse to drugs and eating disorders.

Other Military & Veteran Resources

Description: Military OneSource is a U.S. Department of Defense program that provides resources and support to active-duty, National Guard and Reserve service members and their families anywhere in the world. The program is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at no cost. No matter what resource you are looking for, Military OneSource can point you in the right direction. Additionally, Military OneSource offers free, confidential, face-to-face counseling support.

Website: MilitaryOneSource.mil >

Phone (CONUS): (800) 342-9647

International Calling Options (OCONUS): Click Here >

Live Online Chat:  Click Here > 

Description: Review this DoD website that provides a list of organizations that support service members and their families through assistance with education, finances, health care, employment and overall well-being.

Website: Click Here >

Description: Vet Centers are community-based counseling centers that provide a wide range of social and psychological services, including professional readjustment counseling to eligible Veterans, active duty service members, including National Guard and Reserve components, and their families. Readjustment counseling is offered to make a successful transition from military to civilian life or after a traumatic event experienced in the military. Individual, group, marriage and family counseling is offered in addition to referral and connection to other VA or community benefits and services. Vet Center counselors and outreach staff, many of whom are Veterans themselves, are experienced and prepared to discuss the tragedies of war, loss, grief and transition after trauma.

Website: Click Here >

Vet Center Call Center: (877) 927-8387

Description: The Family Advocacy Program is a supportive resource for service members and their families. The program provides support and resources to help families develop and sustain healthy, strong relationships. They can provide individual, couples or family counseling, as well as support groups and other resources. The Family Advocacy Program also assesses, refers and provides counseling for families experiencing domestic violence or child abuse and will also refer at-risk individuals for other immediate professional, medical mental health treatment.

 

Website: Click Here >

If you are experiencing domestic abuse and are seeking help, visit MilitaryINSTALLATIONS to locate the closest Family Advocacy Program, or contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233 to be connected with an advocate for immediate emotional support and safety planning.

Call 911 if you are in immediate danger of assault or physical injury. If you are on a military installation, call your military law enforcement office.

Self-Care Resources for Burnout

Mindfulness activities such as controlled breathing, meditation and guided imagery have been shown to help reduce stress. According to research mindfulness activities have several benefits for physical and mental health. Some of the strongest health benefits include: improving mood, reducing stress, helping cope with physical pain and improving brain functioning.

StressRemedy has a selection of free guided meditation exercises that you can try.

Below are a few audio guides that can help with practicing slowing down thoughts and reconnecting the mind and body:

Awareness of Breath

Giving and Receiving Compassion with Cassondra Graff

Short Seated Meditation with Allan Goldstein

Journaling has been shown to decrease blood pressure, ease symptoms of depression, and improve immune functioning. Research indicated that journaling reduces blood pressure, improves mood, and decreases absenteeism.

Article: Journaling: A Valuable Tool for Registered Nurses >

Article: The Benefits of Journaling >

Yoga can help reduce the feelings of stress, helping to release the body and mind from a state of “fight-or-flight”, and bringing it into a state of “rest-and-digest”, by engaging the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS).

Listening to or playing music is a great way to help manage burnout. Music is extremely powerful when it comes to stress-management and relaxation. It can aid in meditation, lower your heart rate and blood pressure, and helps decrease stress hormone levels.

Regular physical activity can improve quality of life and relieve stress, tension, anxiety, and depression. You may notice a “feel good” sensation immediately following your workout and also see an improvement in overall well-being over time as physical activity becomes a regular part of your life.

Article: Working Out to Relieve Stress >

Video: Increasing Your Productivity with Exercise >

Sleep is critical to a healthy mind and healthy body. Research has shown that people with burnout have significantly higher insomnia troubles, sleep fragmentation, and non-restorative sleep. In addition, burnout subjects have higher levels of anxiety and depression scores. Improving sleep doesn’t happen quickly, but there are some steps you can take to improve sleep hygiene that can get you on the road to a better night sleep.

Choosing healthy foods may help you to feel well and happy. A balanced wholesome diet may help to prevent and improve symptoms of depression and anxiety. A diet rich in processed foods with added salt, sugars and fats may lead to poor mental health and exacerbate symptoms of burnout.

Mental Health Organizations

Website: SAMHSA

Description: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is charged with improving the quality and availability of treatment and rehabilitative services in order to reduce illness, death, disability, and the cost to society resulting from substance use disorders and mental illnesses.

Website: National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Description: The National Association of Mental Illness is the largest nationwide mental health advocacy grassroots organization with hundreds of state organizations, affiliates and volunteers. It is a hub for support groups, free education, raising awareness and building community.

Website: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM–5)

Description: The website of the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) provides complementary information to its print edition about the classification, assessment, symptoms and treatment of mental disorders.

Website: Mental Health America

Description: Mental Health America’s (MHA’s) programs and initiatives fulfill its mission of promoting mental health and preventing mental illness through advocacy, education, research and services. MHA’s national office and its 200+ affiliates and associates around the country work every day to protect the rights and dignity of individuals with lived experience and ensure that peers and their voices are integrated into all areas of the organization.

Website: LGBT National Help Center

Description: The LGBT National Help Center provides an online peer-support chat as well as free, confidential counseling over the phone for the LGBT community. Additional resources can be found on the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) website.

Website: Office of Minority Health

Description: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health website provides statistics, news and treatment information.

Website: National Council on Aging

Description: The National Council on Aging promotes programs that help seniors cope with mental health issues like depression, anxiety, addiction and more.

Website: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Description: The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) raises awareness, funds scientific research and provides resources and aid to those affected by suicide.

Website: Youth.gov

Description: Youth.gov is a hub of government information about youth mental health issues, including substance use disorder, bullying and homelessness.

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