May is Mental Health Awareness Month. We encourage you to explore various online resources available to veterans, active-duty service members, their families and caregivers, including:
- Give an Hour - This organization provides free mental health services to military members, veterans and their families. Give an Hour has been instrumental in the development of the community-based approach to addressing the challenges that face our nation's military community.
- The Campaign to Change Direction – The goal of the Campaign to Change Direction is to change the culture of mental health in America so that all of those in need receive the care and support they deserve. The Campaign encourages all Americans to pay attention to their emotional well-being – and it reminds us that our emotional well-being is just as important as our physical well-being. You are encouraged to know the Five Signs that may mean someone in your life is experiencing emotional pain and what to do next.
- One Mind - Co-founded by Patrick Kennedy and currently led by a retired four-star Army General, One Mind is dedicated to benefiting all affected by brain illness and injury. With its current focus on supporting those with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress, One Mind is fostering public-private partnerships to advance on its goal of radically accelerating the pace of brain related research and cures.
- PatientsLikeMe - With more than 400,000 members, PatientsLikeMe is a network that improves lives and a real-time research platform that advances medicine. Patients use the network to track and share their own experiences, and connect with others who have the same disease or condition.
- Elizabeth Dole Foundation - Founded after witnessing first-hand the challenges facing the loved ones who care for our wounded warriors, the Elizabeth Dole Foundation raises public awareness, drives research, champions policy and helps uplift American military caregivers and their families.
- Veterans Crisis Line – 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.
- Objective Zero - Objective Zero is the first mobile app to instantly and anonymously connect veterans, their families and caregivers to suicide prevention resources and a support network of their peers, mental health professionals and trained volunteers via voice, video and text. Those who have downloaded the app will be able to connect to an Objective Zero Ambassador. This contact could be another veteran, a behavioral health specialist, a current service member or a spiritual counselor.