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5 Free Transformational Mental Health Tools

For Veteran’s + Civilians

Change Your Mind, Change Your Life!

#MentalHealthMatters

            Because we all need a good mental health check-in at times. 

            Mental health matters. You can’t give from your unique gifts and talents if your tank is running on empty. 

            Cliche as it sounds, you really can’t pour from an empty cup. 

            Military service members are not the only ones who are changed by trauma. The average person is also affected by childhood abuse, PTSD and abuse. 

            As the opiod crisis and overdose fatalities continue to increase, so does the evidence that trauma ruins lives. 

            Addiction is just a symptom of severe trauma. 

            Everything You Know About Addiction is Wrong.

            (This edition allows you to access both the TED talk and the written transcript.)

            Here are 5 fantastic mental health resources to maintain and boost your mental health. We encourage you to share these with your veteran and civilian loved ones!

  

#1: ‘SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.'

            The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers a free helpline and treatment referral services all day, every day. English and Spanish languages service are offered and they receive over 65,000 calls per month. 

             If you are under insured or have no health insurance, they will refer you to a state office that will help you find free and low cost care. 

             This site also offers you access to programs, grants and other data. There are many links to different mental health resources that are offered there for civilians and veterans. (They do have a dedicated veteran’s crisis line.)

            You can also get early treatment through the Early Serious Mental Health Treatment Locator! Find treatment facilities near you so that your loved one can get early care and correct any growing mental health concerns. Support groups, individual therapy or medical providers are all gathered there! 

 

#2: National Alliance on Mental Illness

            “One in 5 adults will experience mental illness this year. Show how you care about mental health.” the slider on the website reads.
 
           As soon as you land on the home page, NAMI offers you a 33 page guide on how to immediately navigate a mental health crisis.
             You can also take free 6 session course on how to help support your veteran or active service member in the way that they need! NAMI Homefront has been transforming lives since 2014 when over 2,500 people have enrolled. 

 

#3: Mental Health.gov

           This government resource’s motto is ‘Let’s Talk About It’.
           They go on to do just that with a section of guides on how to talk about mental health for parents, educators, caregivers, families, communities and much more. 
 
         Connect with a crisis line, locate mental health resources in your area and learn about everything from eating disorders to trauma.
             Their How To Get Help section is incredibly valuable when you are overwhelmed with trying to get practical knowledge and care for your loved one!

 

#4: Mental Health America

           Helping Americans since 1909, Mental Health America immediately offers you a health screening the second you land on your home page. Next, you’re directed to Learn, DIY Tools, Treatment and Connect sections.
 
           Get some online peer support for anxiety and depression then hop on over to learn how to stop thinking stupid thoughts with an awesome downloadable tool! 
           Mental Health of America’s site is a must-visit for anyone with a human brain!  

 

#5: National Military Family Association

           Last but certainly not least, check out the National Military Family Association. No one understands the struggles and issues like one of our own, right?
             As they write, “Who is the best advocate for military families? Military families.”
           The Association advocates for the education of military spouses and children along with tackling any political issue that affects military families. Relationship resources, adoption, special needs and spouse scholarships are some special issues to check out.   
           There’s a lot of awesome information in these resources, so please don’t get overwhelmed with everything! 

 

           If you need a plan, first start with a screen from the Mental Health Screening Tools section from Mental Health of America!

         Next, download the Stop Stupid Thoughts tool and tackle your mind first! Thoughts make up all of what we do, from our physical health to our outlook on the struggles that we face. Then level up to How To Calm Your Mind. Get the bad out so there is room for the good!
             Move on over to How To Find Help and identify the tools that match your budget and needs!
           Now that you’ve got your mind calmed down, have a few screening scores and identified ways to find help...take action!
             Whether that is scheduling an appointment with a mental health provider, an advocate, joining a support group or getting connected to a group online, do it right away.
             Please do not think that you can power through it alone. Mental health issues only grow and compound when they aren’t addressed. But mental health issues are highly treatable and improve drastically over time with the right treatment.
             Do not believe the stigma! As a military service member, veteran, family member or friend...you are brave and courageous beyond what many people can even begin to imagine. Use that courage to give a voice to the pain and end the bias.
             We all have minds and brains, so we all have mental health. It’s not
unique and you are NEVER alone.   

  

P.S. If you or someone that you know is in crisis, do not be ashamed to refer them to: https://www.nami.org/ or https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ for crisis help available 24/7. You and your loved one can contact them for any and all types of concerns to connect with a trained, compassionate staff member. 

A comprehensive and specific resource guide is available here: https://www.psycom.net/get-help-mental-health

           Don’t hesitate. If you think that the service could lessen your pain in the slightest way, please don’t hesitate. 

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