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PTSD & ADDICTION SELF-RESCUE RESOURCES

This page is intended to be an informaitonal listing of verifiable resources that will help assist our active Warriors, Veterans and their Families with a PTSD and other self-rescue support needs. If you know of any reputable organizations or programs that fit this category, please email us at [email protected] so we can review them for possible addition to this page. Although we will do our best to verify the validity / integrity of the resource links we post here, please be prudent and do your personal verification to ensure the resource is right for you and your individual situations before committing. Each individual assumes full and sole responsibility for their use of any resource information posted herein and the results arising therefrom.

PTSD & ADDICTION SELF-RESCUE INFORMATION:

LOVE OUR VETS: (http://www.loveourvets.org/)

LOVE OUR VETS is more than just a book ... it's also the namesake of an outstanding web site with a huge wealth of imformation about multiple facets of dealing with PTSD from multiple perspectives.  The resources are invaluable, so if you are dealing with the battle within, are a Family member or friend of someone with PTSD or just want to educate yourself to better understand this prolific issue, check out http://www.loveourvets.org/.

Video Resource:
“PTSD & What About Me? 7 Tips for Loved Ones of Those with PTSD” is the stirring talk Welby O’Brien gave at a 2015 VA Caregiver Conference, which was so well-received that she was asked to make it available (and free) to EVERYONE who cares for someone battling PTSD.

Professionally filmed in an intimate setting, "PTSD & What About Me?" is designed to be viewed either by individuals or groups. The first 90 seconds will give you a good feel for this heart-to-heart 35 minute presentation (handout outline also available to download). This outstanding resource is brimming with information, insights and inspiration! Be prepared to laugh, cry and come away encouraged.


http://www.loveourvets.org/2015/04/20/ptsd-what-about-me-video/

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"GIVE AN HOUR"
http://www.giveanhour.org/Home.aspx

Give an Hour™ is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), founded in September 2005 by Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, a psychologist in the Washington, D.C., area. The organization’s mission is to develop national networks of volunteers capable of responding to both acute and chronic conditions that arise within our society. Currently, GAH is dedicated to meeting the mental health needs of the troops and families affected by the post-9/11 conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. We provide counseling to individuals, couples and families, and children and adolescents. 

We offer treatment for:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • substance abuse
  • post-traumatic stress disorder 
  • traumatic brain injuries
  • sexual health and intimacy concerns
  • loss and grieving
  • and more


In addition to direct counseling services, our providers are working to reduce the stigma associated with mental health by participating in and leading education, training, and outreach efforts in schools and communities and around military bases.

As of August 2014, our network of licensed mental health professionals includes nearly 7,000 psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, marriage and family therapists, drug and alcohol counselors, pastoral counselors, and other professional counselors. This does not include the alternative providers on our list who have also donated their time.

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Futures Treatment Center - Addictions In The Military
(http://www.futuresofpalmbeach.com/addiction-by-profession/military-members/)

While there are many unique mental health resources available, navigating the system and finding appropriate help can be a challenge. After research across the resources available on the web, the team at Futures Treatment Center noticed the absence of a centralized resource designed to help understand the basics of addiction and navigate the Veterans’ and active military support systems.

The result is this page that summarizes available governmental, organizational, and other resources and makes them easily accessible to those searching for assistance with freeing themselves from the grips of addiction.

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Safe Helpline (for Military Sexual Trauma, or MST) 
(https://www.safehelpline.org/)

About Department of Defense (DoD) Safe Helpline

Department of Defense (DoD) Safe Helpline is a groundbreaking crisis support service for members of the DoD community affected by sexual assault. Safe Helpline provides live, one-on-one support and information to the worldwide DoD community. The service is confidential, anonymous, secure, and available worldwide, 24/7 by click, call or text — providing victims with the help they need anytime, anywhere.
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BrainLineMilitary (for Traumatic Brain Injury, or TBI)(http://brainlinemilitary.org/)

BrainLineMilitary.org provides military-specific information and resources on traumatic brain injury to veterans, service members in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard, Reserve, and their families. Through video, webcasts, articles, personal stories, research briefs, and current news, those whose lives have been affected by TBI can learn more about brain injury symptoms and treatment, rehabilitation, and family issues associated with TBI care and recovery.

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Veterans Crisis Line
(http://www.veteranscrisisline.net/)

The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available.

More about the Veterans Crisis Line

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Real Warriors
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http://www.realwarriors.net/)

The Real Warriors Campaign is a multimedia public awareness campaign designed to encourage help-seeking behavior among service members, veterans and military families coping with invisible wounds. Launched by the
Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) in 2009, the campaign is an integral part of the Defense Department’s overall effort to encourage warriors and families to seek appropriate care and support for psychological health concerns.
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Center for Deployment Psychology (http://www.deploymentpsych.org/)

The Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) trains military and civilian behavioral health professionals to provide high-quality, culturally-sensitive, evidence-based behavioral health services to military personnel, veterans and their families. Learn more here.

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Are You a Caregiver for a Veteran? (http://www.va.gov/health/NewsFeatures/2013/August/Are-You-a-Caregiver-for-a-Veteran.asp)

Free Online Workshop Provides Information and Support It’s called Building Better Caregivers™ and it’s a free six-week online workshop for family caregivers of Veterans. If you are taking care of a Veteran, this workshop will help you learn a variety of skills like time and stress management, healthy eating, exercise and dealing with difficult emotions.
Participants log on two to three times each week to review lessons, exchange ideas with other caregivers and access tools to make caregiving easier. The program, developed at Stanford University, has been recognized for its ability to reduce caregiver stress, depression and increase their overall well-being. This comprehensive online workshop addresses specific needs of caregivers who care for Veterans with dementia, memory problems, traumatic brain injury, posttraumatic stress disorder, or any other serious injury or illness. - See more at:
http://www.va.gov/health/NewsFeatures/2013/August/Are-You-a-Caregiver-for-a-Veteran.asp#sthash.fAkOrzhx.dpuf
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Military OneSource:
(http://www.militaryonesource.mil/)
MOS can provide referals for confidential counseling support, military life & deployment, Family & recreation, health & relationships, career & education, financial & legal help, crisis & disaster support, and community resources.
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Battle In Distress: (http://battleindistress.org/)
Battle In Distress works to be the missing link that connects Veterans and currently serving members of the United States Armed Forces who are in or at risk for being in mental, emotional, financial, or psychological distress to the individuals, organizations, government entities, or other entities that provide services or assistance that can ameliorate the underlying problems that lead them to a state of distress. Battle In Distress serves as a vehicle for bringing about a national, cultural and societal change in the manner in which the matters of Stress, Resilience, Connection, PTSD, Suicide and other related issues affecting Service Members and Veterans are viewed, discussed, and addressed with regards to the best practices for caring for those that have served or are currently serving.

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Help for Depression:
Depression is a very common condition affecting more than 20 million adults in the United States each year. Depression is treatable and beatable! If you or someone you know is in a crisis, seek help immediately: (1) call 911; (2) visit the emergency room or speak to a healthcare provider; or (3) call 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255); TTY 1-800-799-4TTY (4889) to speak with a trained counselor -- this is a 24-hour toll-free hotline provided by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Screening tools, tips and more information about depression can be found at the following websites: (1) Militarymentalhealth at www.militarymentalhealth.org, (2) Help Yourself.Help Others at www.helpyourselfhelpothers.org, (3) Screening for Mental Health at www.mentalhealthscreening.org, (4) U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov/Features/Depression/ and (5) the Helpguide at www.helpguide.org.

For more support resources for servicemembers and families, visit the Military.com Family Center.

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 "Coaching Into Care" (http://www.mirecc.va.gov/coaching/)

Coaching into Care is a free and confidential Department of Veterans Affairs coaching service to help callers discover new ways to talk with their Veteran about their concerns and about treatment options.

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