Campaign challenges stigma, offers mental health and wellness resources
Here at Team Red White & Blue, we recognize that knowing someone is there for you can make a big difference and counter isolation. That’s why we’re teaming up with an all-star coalition of partners to challenge the stigma. Join us and Pledge10 by reaching out to 10 battle buddies, taking 10 minutes to prioritize your own mental health, spreading the word on social media with #RWBPledge10, and checking in through the Team RWB App to show your commitment.
If you identify a friend in need of assistance or in crisis during your battle buddy outreach, the following resources may be helpful.
Always call 911 for immediate assistance. The crisis resources below are available 24/7.
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources, and best practices for professionals. Call 1-800-273-8255.
- Veterans Crisis Line
The Veterans Crisis Line connects veterans in crisis, their families and friends with qualified Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255.
Vets4Warriors offers confidential, stigma-free, peer-support by veterans to active duty, National Guard, and Reserve service members, veterans, military retirees, and their families. Call toll-free at 855-838-8255, chat online, or send an email to [email protected].
- Crisis Text Line
The Crisis Text Line assists individuals in crisis through text message anywhere in the U.S. at any time by connecting them to a trained crisis counselor. Text HELLO to 741741.
Counseling and Assistance Resources
- George W. Bush Institute Veteran Wellness Alliance
The George W. Bush Institute Veteran Wellness Alliance is an innovative alliance that connects high-quality care providers and veteran peer networks to empower seeking treatment for the invisible wounds of war.
- Wounded Warrior Project Warrior Care Network
- Stop Soldier Suicide
Stop Soldier Suicide works one-on-one with service members, veterans and military family members to help navigate the maze of services, programs and assistance available. Stop Solider Suicide identifies each individual’s specific needs and provides continued support for 24 months.
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Mental Health Website
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers methods to get help, self help resources, and educational materials for mental health conditions.
- PTSD Coach Online
PTSD Coach Online helps those who need help with upsetting feelings, including trauma survivors, their families, and anyone coping with stress.
- Cohen Veterans Network
The Cohen Veterans Network provides high-quality, accessible, integrated mental health care to post-9/11 veterans and military families – including those from the National Guard and Reserves, regardless of discharge status or role in uniform.
- Give An Hour
Give An Hour provides care and support for service members, veterans, and their families who otherwise might not receive it by harnessing the skills, expertise, and generosity of volunteer mental health professionals across the country.
- National Counseling Services
National Counseling Services offers counseling to current or former service members and their loved ones of any branch, regardless of discharge status, anywhere in the United States.
- Courage Beyond
Courage Beyond provides confidential, free programs and services to warriors and their loved ones facing post-traumatic stress disorder and other invisible wounds of military service.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides referrals to outpatient, inpatient and residential treatment facilities including affordable mental health services.
- National Resource Directory
The National Resource Directory connects wounded warriors, injured and ill service members, veterans and their families with national, state and local support programs. The NRD is a partnership among the Department of Defense, Labor and Veterans Affairs.
- SAFEProject Treatment Locator
SAFEProject’s Treatment Locator helps substance dependent individuals identify treatment options that match their specific needs.
Education and Awareness
- Hiring Our Heroes Wellbeing in the Workplace Practical Guide
On November 13, 2019, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, in collaboration with the President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End the National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS) Executive Order Task Force and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, launched Wellbeing in the Workplace, a collaborative effort to prioritize mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.
- Five Signs of Emotional Suffering
Give An Hour’s Change Direction campaign outlines five signs that indicate emotional suffering. These signs include personality changes, agitation, withdrawal, poor self-care, and hopelessness.
- S.A.V.E. by the PsychArmor Institute
The PsychArmor Institute offers a free course that helps individuals develop a general understanding of the problem of suicide in the United States. The program covers how to identify a veteran who may be at risk for suicide and what to do if a veteran at risk is identified.
- SAFEProject’s Lessons Learned
SAFEProject offers a list of various lessons and advice pertaining to substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery.