The military has made its soldiers strong and adept at handling tough situations. It can be difficult to handle symptoms of combat stress and PTSD on your own, though.
Getting help can make readjusting to civilian life easier. Confide in friends or family, and call a mental health professional, who can work with you to manage and treat your PTSD.
Remember, seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness.
Get Help Now
- The Real Warriors website features articles, tools, and information for service members, veterans, and family members. It also includes a 24/7 confidential live chat feature with a trained health resource consultant. For more details, call toll-free 24/7: 866-966-1020, or send an e-mail.
- Coaching Into Care This free service, from the the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, helps veterans and family members find the appropriate services in their communities. Coaching involves helping a caller figure out how to motivate a veteran to seek services, and it is provided by licensed clinical social workers and psychologists.
- Find a VA facility near you or call 1-800-905-4675. Services may cost little or nothing, according to benefits and ability to pay.
- Search the ADAA Find a Therapist directory.
- Contact Give an Hour, which offers free mental health services to military men and women and their families.
- Call the Defense Centers of Excellence Outreach Center’s free hotline at 1-866-966-1020 or chat with them online at www.realwarriors.net/livechat.
- Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
- AboutFace, an online video gallery of veterans talking about living with PTSD and how treatment turned their lives around
- Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center
- Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury
- Gift From Within – PTSD Resources for Survivors and Caregivers
- Guard Your Health — A central place for Army National Guard Soldiers and family members to find information and resources on health and medical readiness.
- Military OneSource
- Military Pathways
- National Center for PTSD
- Real Warriors
- Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
- The Veteran Education and Accredited Online Colleges Resources for veterans looking to further their educations.
- After the War Zone: A Practical Guide for Returning Troops and Their Families by Laurie B. Slone, PhD, and Matthew J. Friedman, MD, PhD