American Academy of Pediatrics: Military Youth Deployment SupportResources for military parents regarding the mental, physical, and social health and well-being of their children.AfterDeployment.orgA behavioral health resource supporting servicemembers, their families, and veterans with common post-deployment challenges; provides wellness resources, support, and self-care solutions in areas such as coping with memories of war, improving relationships, managing stress, and controlling alcohol and drug consumption.(866) 966-1020 Coming Home ProjectCare, support, education, and stress management tools, including residential retreats and psychological counseling, for returning military servicemembers and their families; also training in self-care for service providers.(415) 353-5363 Emotional Self Sufficiency TrainingEnables one to live life strategically focused on what one desires without distractions. ESS Training reduces and in most cases resolves anxiety in the workforce, symptoms of PTSD in our returning Warriors, & the emotional trauma of victims of violent crimes.(949) 933-0915 Gift From WithinEducational material for those suffering from PTSD, at risk of PTSD, and those who care for them. Includes videos, articles, and books; also maintains an international network of peer support.(207) 236-8858 Give an HourNational network of mental health providers offering free counseling for OEF/OIF servicemembers and their families. Grace After FireOnline community of crisis support, discussion forums, and wellness resources for women veterans from all eras and branches of service; focuses on trauma, addiction, and depression.(800) 362-6477 Mental Health AmericaEducates the general public about mental health and mental illness; more than 300 affiliates provide direct access to a broad range of self-help and professional services.(800) 969-6642 Military Pathways Free, anonymous mental health and alcohol use self-assessments for veterans and their families designed to help individuals identify their own symptoms and access assistance.(781) 239-0071 Military Mental HealthAnonymous screening program, along with resources and articles. National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Information about PTSD and locating help for veterans, families, providers, and researchers provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. (802) 296-6300 – PTSD Information Line National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for Veterans Suicide prevention hotline to ensure veterans in emotional crisis have free access to trained counselors 24/7. (800) 273-8255, veterans press #1 Operation Healthy Reunions Resources for families and returning servicemembers to eliminate the stigma of mental health issues among soldiers, their families, and medical staff to ensure that a greater number of military families receive prompt and high-quality care.(800) 969-6642 Specialized Training of Military Parents (STOMP) A federally funded Parent Training and Information Center to assist military parents caring for a child with special medical or educational needs; provides training and information and connects these families with each other.(800) 572-7368 Traumatic Grief in Military Children (PDF)Information for families about childhood grief and how parents can help their military child cope with the loss of a parent from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Vets 4 Vets Helps OEF/OIF servicemembers heal from the psychological injuries of war through peer support.(520) 319-5500 Warning Signs of Youth Suicide (PDF) A guide for parents about detecting the warning signs of suicide in their children. Published by The American Legion.
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Air Compassion for Veterans Free air transportation for wounded warriors, veterans, active duty servicemembers, and their families to receive specialized medical treatment.(888) 662-6794 Department of Veterans DirectoryDirectory of where the nearest medical center may be located.Exit WoundsA survival guide for pain management, with resources and support for returning servicemembers and their families; a project of the American Pain Foundation.(888) 615-7246 Higher GroundUtilizes a highly innovative, multidisciplinary approach to therapy that combines sports, family, and coping therapies to restore and rehabilitate men and women of the armed forces who have been severely wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. HG is recognized as one of the premier rehabilitation programs in the country by the Department of Defense, military medical centers, and veteran service organizations.(208) 726-9298 National Alliance for Caregiving Coalition of national organizations focusing on issues of family caregiving provides information and support for caregivers, including military families caring for a veteran. National Veterans Foundation Emergency helpline available 24/7 for all veterans and their families to provide assistance with medical treatment, substance abuse and PTSD counseling, VA benefits advocacy, food, shelter, employment training, legal aid, and suicide intervention; also provides help locating a VAO and information about veterans' benefits.(888) 777-4443 Wounded Warrior Project Advocacy, support, education, and general counseling services, as well as family counseling and support to cope with service-related physical or mental injuries for wounded veterans and their families.(877) 832-6997
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