Mental Health/War-Zone Stress

Depression, Anxiety, Relationship Issues, More

Abraham Low Self-Help Systems
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Uses the cognitive-behavioral, peer-to-peer, self-help training system developed by Abraham Low, MD, to help individuals gain skills to lead more peaceful and productive lives.

African American Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Association
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Established in 1996 in part as an outgrowth of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Veterans Brain Trust symposium. Providing multiple services for veterans and their families is a critical focus; also provides assistance to homeless veterans, self-education training programs, claims preparation for individuals with PTSD and other ailments and resources that provide effective health and human services.

Altered States of the Arts
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A nationwide network of current or former recipients of psychiatric services who seek to promote the arts as a vehicle for social change, personal empowerment and employment.

Alternative Mental Health On-line
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Presents alternatives to standard psychiatric care. The best alternatives find the root causes of the severe mental symptoms and cure them. The sources may be nutritional problems, allergies, glandular ailments, heavy metal poisoning, infections or a combination of these and other problems.

American Association of Suicidology
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Dedicated to the understanding and prevention of suicide. Promotes research, public awareness programs, and education and training for professionals and volunteers. National clearinghouse for information on suicide.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
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The only international nonprofit organization dedicated to funding the research and education needed to prevent suicide.

American Psychiatric Association (APA)
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Online resource for anyone seeking mental health information. Here you will find information on many common mental health concerns, including warning signs of mental disorders, treatment options and preventative measures.

    Military Mental Health
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    Soldiers, veterans, and their families experience unique mental health challenges. The stress and trauma encountered in service and from being separated from loved ones can have a large impact on one’s mental health.

American Psychoanalytic Association
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A professional organization of psychoanalysts throughout the United States. The Association is composed of Affiliate Societies and Training Institutes in many cities and has approximately 3,500 individual members.

American Psychological Association
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A scientific and professional organization with more than 155,000 members, APA is the largest association of psychologists worldwide.

    Help Center
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    Provides an online resource for brochures, tips and articles on the psychological issues that affect one's physical and emotional well-being, as well as information about referrals.

Anxiety Disorders Education Program
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Provides information on anxiety disorders for professionals and the general public, with a directory of anxiety health care professionals.

Army Behavioral Health
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When our Soldiers return home, most will experience a brief readjustment period and a successful home transition. Some will need short or long-term counseling to assist in their transition. Explore this Web site especially for Soldiers, Families, and friends. Learn how to adjust, cope, get ready to deploy, transition to return home, and other information and sources.

Army Suicide Prevention Program
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Seeks to improve readiness through the development and enhancement of the Army Suicide Prevention Program policies designed to minimize suicide behavior; thereby preserving mission effectiveness through individual readiness for Soldiers, their Families, and Department of the Army civilians.

Association of VA Psychologist Leaders
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A non-profit organization with a voluntary membership of psychologists with various leadership roles within the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA). Their purpose is to address the professional needs and concerns of VA psychologists. and their primary goal is to help provide the highest quality of patient care to our nations veterans.

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
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A nonprofit legal-advocacy organization dedicated to the principle that every individual is entitled to choice and dignity. Goals include community membership; self-determination and choice; ending the punishment of mental-health consumers for the system’s failures; and preserving protections and entitlements.

Befrienders International
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A network of centers run by trained volunteers that offer a free listening service that is non-judgmental and completely confidential. People are befriended by telephone, letter and e-mail, and in face-to-face meetings.

CDC Suicide Prevention
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Suicide is a serious problem that can have lasting harmful effects on individuals, families, and communities. The goal for the prevention of suicidal behavior is simple: stop it from happening in the first place. However, the solutions are just as complex as the problem.

Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation
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Dedicated to persons with severe mental illness and to the development and investigation of rehabilitation strategies that facilitate their treatment goals.

Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV)
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Provides research and general information on juvenile, adolescent, and teen violence prevention.

Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress
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Conducts research, education, consultation and training on the psychological effects and health consequences of traumatic events.

Coaching Into Care
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Provides a "coaching" service for family and friends of Veterans who see that their Veteran needs help. Coaching involves helping the caller figure out how to motivate their veteran to seek services. The service is free and provided by licensed clinical social workers and psychologists. The goal of the service is to help the veteran and family members find the appropriate services in their community.

David Baldwin's Trauma Information Pages
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The support links on this page are primarily for those seeking information about types of trauma, trauma responses, ways of coping with stress, treatment approaches, and related mental health issues. More research-related trauma links are listed elsewhere on this site. Since this can be a tricky distinction, please explore those other pages as well.

Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury
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Leads a collaborative effort toward optimizing psychological health and traumatic brain injury (TBI) treatment for the Department of Defense (DoD). The DCoE establishes quality standards for: clinical care; education and training; prevention; patient, family and community outreach; and program excellence.

Depression & BiPolar Support Alliance DBSA
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Improving the lives of people with mood disorders.

Depression-Screening.org
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Sponsored by the National Mental Health Association, this site provides a free, confidential depression-screening test which is not intended to provide a diagnosis for clinical depression, but may help identify any depressive symptoms and determine whether a further evaluation by a medical or mental health professional is necessary.

Dougy Center for Grieving Children and Families
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Provides support and training locally, nationally and internationally to individuals and organizations seeking to assist children in grief.

Dual Recovery Anonymous
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A 12 Step self-help program that is based on the principals of the Twelve Steps and the experiences of men and women in recovery with a dual diagnosis. The DRA program helps people recover from both their chemical dependencies and their emotional or psychiatric illnesses by focusing on relapse prevention and actively improving the quality of their lives.

Emotions Anonymous
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A twelve-step organization, similar to Alcoholics Anonymous. It is composed of people who come together in weekly meetings for the purpose of working toward recovery from emotional difficulties.

Freedom from Fear
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A national not-for-profit mental health advocacy association founded in 1984 by Mary Guardino. Ms. Guardino founded FFF as an outgrowth of her own personal experiences of suffering with anxiety and depressive illnesses for more than 25 years. The mission of FFF is to aid and counsel individuals and their families who suffer from anxiety and depressive illnesses.

Geriatric Mental Health Foundation
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Established by the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry to raise awareness of psychiatric and mental health disorders affecting the elderly; eliminate the stigma of mental illness and treatment; promote healthy aging strategies, and increase access to quality mental health care for the elderly.

Gift From Within
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A private, non-profit organization dedicated to those who suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), those at risk for PTSD, and those who care for traumatized individuals.

    Webcasts
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    Offers a list of free podcasts and webcasts on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and how it affects veterans, service members and their families.

Give an Hour
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Provides complimentary nationwide counseling services endorsed by but separate from the military establishment to troops, veterans, and military spouses, children, parents, siblings, and unmarried partners.

GoodTherapy.org
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Offers information to the general public about mental health issues and ethical therapy practices, and answers consumer questions about therapy. Provides a searchable online directory of licensed mental health practitioners for people seeking therapy.

Grace After Fire
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An online social network dedicated to supporting all female veterans with help for substance abuse, mental health concerns, sexual assault trauma and traumatic brain injury.

Healing Self Injury
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Offers insight into a condition that is mystifying, disturbing, frustrating, and often misunderstood. For those of us who otherwise could not fathom what it is like to find relief in pain, the grassroots voice of The Cutting Edge brings alive the experience of being a self-injurer.

Mental Health America
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The country’s oldest and largest nonprofit organization, addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness. With more than 340 affiliates nationwide, MHA works to improve the mental health of all Americans, especially the 54 million individuals with mental disorders, through advocacy, education, research and service.

Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Centers (MIRECC)
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Conducts research and produce clinical educational programs and products but generally provide direct clinical treatment to veterans only in the context of research protocols. Veterans should seek treatment at their local VA medical centers. Use the Facility Locator button below to find the nearest VA clinic.

Military Families Knowledge Bank
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Provides a myriad of resources available to assist Military Family Members in coping with deployments and homecomings. As well as resources for service-members and veterans experiencing stress-related mental health issues.

Military Pathways
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Military Pathways® (formerly the Mental Health Self-Assessment Program) offers service personnel and their families the opportunity to take anonymous, mental health and alcohol use self-assessments online, via the phone, and through special events held at installations. The self-assessments are a brief series of questions that, when linked together, help create a picture of how an individual is feeling.

Military Sexual Trauma
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Veterans can receive free, confidential treatment for mental and physical health conditions related to MST. You may be able to receive this MST-related care even if you are not eligible for other VA services. To receive these services, you do not need a VA service-connected disability rating, to have reported the incident when it happened, or have other documentation that it occurred.

Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program
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Covers current research projects on mood and anxiety disorders. Site offers information about symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses.

NAMI Veterans Resource Center
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Provides resources for veterans and active duty military members, as well as their families, friends, and advocates on topics related to mental health, such as: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), health benefits and eligibility, and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression
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The largest donor-supported organization in the world devoted exclusively to supporting scientific research on brain and behavior disorders.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
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A grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families.

    NAMI Legal Center
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    Advocates for the rights of individuals with severe mental illnesses. The Legal Center works both independently and collaboratively with private attorneys, legal service organizations, mental health and consumer advocacy organizations on projects of mutual interest.

National Center for PTSD
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Advances the clinical care and social welfare of America's veterans through research, education, and training in the science, diagnosis, and treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and stress-related disorders.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network
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Strives to raise the standard of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, their families and communities throughout the United States.

National Empowerment Center
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A consumer/survivor/expatient-run organization that carries the message of recovery, empowerment, hope and healing to people who have been diagnosed with mental illness.

National Foundation for Depressive Illness
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Provides information to the general public and health professionals about affective disorders, treatment, and research.

National Institute of Mental Health
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NIMH is one of 27 components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Federal government's principal biomedical and behavioral research agency. Its mission is to reduce the burden of mental illness and behavioral disorders through research on mind, brain, and behavior.

National Resource Directory
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Provides access to services and resources at the national, state and local levels that support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
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Provides immediate assistance to individuals in suicidal crisis by connecting them to the nearest available suicide prevention and mental health service provider through a toll-free telephone number: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

No Stigma
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A nationwide public education campaign dedicated to combating the stigma associated with mental illness among youth, adults and seniors. The National Mental Health Awareness Campaign’s goal is to reduce the discrimination experienced by Americans living with mental illness and substantially increase the numbers of affected persons accessing mental health services.

Not Alone
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Making support services available to veterans, active members of the armed forces, and military families by providing online support as well as in-person mental health services to veterans and their loved ones.

Pathway Home
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Seeks to provide a comprehensive program of treatment and support for its Warriors (Members) so that each one can continue to Recover from the stressors of war or combat or other traumatic military-related stressors.

Purple Heart Project
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Established to assist Wounded Warriors of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to return to their families, homes, and country with a sense of honor and pride. Many of these veterans have woven their way through the labyrinth of military and veteran’s affairs medical and psychological care, and now are attempting to matriculate back into society. Many of them may not have grasped the tools and skills needed to transition from the life of high purpose to a more “normalized” life of day-to-day living and interacting, which this organization addresses as their primary service.

Real Warriors
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An initiative launched by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) to promote the processes of building resilience, facilitating recovery and supporting reintegration of returning service members, veterans and their families.

Ride 2 Recovery
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This organization strives to help make a difference in the lives of vets by assisting in their mental and physical rehabilitation programs.

Samaritan Village
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Welcomes veterans with addictions and mental illness into a community of their peers, where healing is provided through individualized treatment planning, mutual self-help, and vocational rehabilitation services.

Sleep Disorders Guide
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Seeks to be a tool for patients and members of the public who are seeking dependable information related to sleep, sleep disorders, treatments and services.

Stiggy’s Dogs
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A non-profit organization dedicated to the support of our Military Veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. We offer another way to heal through Psychiatric Therapy Dogs. Our dogs are rescued shelter dogs that are trained specifically for each Veteran. By uniting these Military Heroes and our dogs, we are “Rescuing One to Rescue Another.”

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
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Offers legislative information, mental health services, addiction treatment, prevention, statistics and data, workplace resources and policy issues.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center
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Provides a range of information from suicide prevention and mental health news to strategic tools for developing suicide prevention programs. The site includes individual state suicide prevention pages, news and events, an online library, training, and links to other Web sites.

Suicide Prevention: Naval Personnel Command
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Provides resources aimed at preventing suicide amongst servicemembers as well as information and referral for loved ones.

The Soldiers Project
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A private, nonprofit, independent group of volunteer licensed mental health professionals, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and marriage and family therapists, who provide free counseling and support to military service members who have served or who expect to serve in the Iraq and/or Afghanistan conflicts and to veterans of those conflicts.

U.S. Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response
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Provides guidance and other information for victims of sexual assault, unit commanders, first responders, and others who deal with this sensitive issue. This site addresses confidentiality, reporting procedures and other elements of DoD's sexual assault policy as well as training information, safety tips, resources and links to related websites.

U.S. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (USPRA)
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An organization of psychosocial rehabilitation agencies, practitioners, and interested organizations and individuals dedicated to promoting, supporting and strengthening community-oriented rehabilitation services and resources for persons with psychiatric dis¬abilities.

UCLA Mood Disorders Research Program
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Seeks to help find better treatments for individuals suffering from mood disorders and to further the understanding of the etiology of such disorders through research.

Violent Death Bereavement Society
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Serves as a centralized forum of information and training for service providers of loved ones and family members after violent death. The Director, Ted Rynearson, MD, is a practicing, clinical psychiatrist in Seattle, Washington. He is a national and international clinical teacher, lecturing and training clinicians and service providers who restore loved ones after violent dying.

Witness Justice: For Survivors of Traumatic Events
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Offers information to help survivors and their friends and family. Use keywords “military families” or “war” in the search box to find materials on these topics.

 
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