May is Mental Health Awareness Month and an opportunity for all of us to learn more. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being. The CDC also says that although the terms are used interchangeably, poor mental health and mental illness are not the same. A person can experience poor mental health and not be diagnosed with a mental illness, Likewise, a person diagnosed with a mental illness can experience periods of physical, mental and social well-being.
Mental Health Resources for Veterans:
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has a variety of mental health resources, information, treatment options, and more – all accessible to Veterans, Veterans’ supporters and the general public. Visit the VA Mental Health page to explore resources and services by topic, including resources for anxiety, depression, substance use, and more.
Mental Health Resources for Caregivers:
Whether you’re new to your role or have years of experience, Caregiver Support Program (CSP) has resources available to all caregivers of Veterans enrolled in VA healthcare in support of your well-being, including your mental health.
CSP offers skills training and coaching to help caregivers learn coping strategies and connect with other caregivers through resources like REACH VA, Peer Support Mentoring, Caregiver Health and Well-being Coaching and more.
CSP’s website has free online self-care activities, workbooks, and the Grateful Life booklet for caregivers.
If you or someone you know is struggling, reach out for help. The Veterans Crisis Line provides 24/7, confidential crisis support for Veterans and their loved ones. You don’t have to be enrolled in VA benefits or health care to connect. Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1.