Psychological Health & Well-Being 

8/11/2011 12:00 AM 

The following listings cover a variety of government agencies and non-profit organizations providing programs and outreach services to Soldiers, veterans and their families who are in need of counseling or other forms of assistance as they deal with the everyday stresses of military life and the long-term impact of deployment and war.


 Psychological Health & Well-Being Resources

Military Pathways, a voluntary, anonymous mental health and alcohol education and screening program, offered to military personnel and their families in all branches, including the National Guard and Reserve, has launched - "The Video Doctor".

The American Psychological Association
The American Psychological Association is the professional organization of psychologists in the United States. Information about PTSD is available online.

Coming Home Project
The Coming Home Project is a non-profit organization devoted, since 2006, to providing compassionate expert care, support, education, and stress management tools for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, service members, their families, and their service providers. 

Courage to Care
Courage to Care is a campaign to inform Military families of the warning signs, risk factors, steps of action and resources to identify and help Soldiers who may be contemplating suicide.  

Deployment Health Clinical Center PDHealth is a resource for clinicians, veterans, and their families. Their goal is to create a partnership between military men and women, veterans, their families, and their providers to ensure the highest quality care for military personnel.

Gift From Within
Gift From Within is a non-profit organization with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) information and healing resources (essays, ptsd videos and dvds

Give An Hour
Give an Hour is a non-profit organization that asks mental health professionals nationwide to give one hour of their time each week to provide free mental health services to military personnel and their families. Those military personnel who take part in the free service then give an hour back in their own community through community projects and volunteer work.
The U.S. Army health promotion and wellness website.

National Alliance on Mental Illness Veterans Resource Center
The Center's resources include fact sheets, self-help information, online discussion groups, research and policy updates, and links to government agencies and other private organizations.

The National Center for PTSD
The NCPTSD web site provides veterans, family members, clinicians, and researchers with a variety of educational resources, fact sheets, and videos on PTSD topics which may be downloaded via the site’s information center. The Center also has guides, available in PDF format, to help military personnel and their families understand what to expect when returning from a war zone, and to help them readjust to home life.

National Association of County Veterans Service Officers (NACVSO)
NACVSO officers serve as liaisons between the Department of Veterans Affairs and Servicemembers and their families.

New Regulations on PTSD Claims
Download a question and answer document on the new PTSD regulations and see if you qualify to recieve compensation.

Mental Health Self-Assessment Program
An online screening tool to help Soldiers and family members who may be dealing with the emotional and psychological after effects of deployment, including depression and post traumatic stress disorder. The site does not provide diagnosis but suggests options for counseling and further assistance.

The official Department of Defense web site for reliable Quality of Life information designed to help troops and their families, leaders and service providers.

Military OneSource
Offers 24/7 support to military personnel and their families by phone, online and face-to-face through private counseling sessions in the local community. Consultants are available by calling 1-800-342-9647.

Pathway Home
The goal of the Pathway Program is to provide a comprehensive program of treatment and support for its warriors so that they can continue to recover from the stressors of war or combat or other traumatic military-related stressors.

Paws for Purple Hearts
Begin University of Canine Studies’ Paws for Purple Hearts (PPH), helps heal our returning combat veterans by teaching those with psychological scars, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), to train service dogs to assist their comrades with physical disabilities.

Our mission objective of appears simple but it is not -- to eventually establish a nationwide network of community based, non-clinical, veterans lead support group meetings for those suffering from military trauma and seeking the fellowship of their peers.

Real Warriors Campaign
This initiative was launched to promote resilience, facilitate recovery and support reintergration of returning Servicemembers, veterans and their families.

Returning From The War Zone: A Guide for Families of Military Members
The National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder developed a manual to help families with military members returning from war. The manual is available free of charge for download.

SAFE Program
18 Session family education program for people who care about someone who is living with mental illness or PTSD.

Seamless Transition (Veterans’ Affairs)
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has created this web site to provide benefits information and assistance to eligible veterans of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

Strategic Outreach to Families of All Reservists (SOFAR)
SOFAR is a pro-bono program run by mental health professionals to provide support, counseling and educational services to the families of National Guard and Reserve Servicemembers returning from Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kuwait.

US Welcome Home Foundation
A non-profit organization offering social, emotional, spiritual, and economic needs of Soldiers and veterans through family retreats (the Phoenix Project), research, referrals, and advocacy.

Veterans and Families Coming Home
A private initiative, this web site provides information for families, employers, and communities, to help support homecoming veterans in their transition from military to civilian life.

Veterans for America
Veterans for America (VFA), formerly the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation, aims to unite veterans from past wars to address the needs of veterans, Servicemembers, and families. It has published the Resource Guide: Veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, in order to provide a comprehensive directory of resources and benefits to assist in readjustment for returning veterans.

Veterans of Foreign Wars
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, with its Auxiliaries, includes 2.4 million members in approximately 9,000 Posts worldwide. Veterans can find resources through the organization’s web site and become involved in service projects.

An online community of military veterans.

Women’s Mental Health Center
Part of the NCPTSD, the Center offers residential programs for women veterans of all eras.

The Association of the United States Army Family Programs Directorate does not endorse any of the the organizations listed below nor the information about services provided on their websites.