RESOURCES FOR VETERANS AND ACTIVE DUTY IN THE MILITARY
VETERANS CRISIS LINE
Call 1-800-273-8255 (TALK), press “1” for Veterans. This is a free 24-hour hotline (National Suicide Prevention Hotline) available for Veterans or anyone concerned about them who may be in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Text and chat also available. Support for deaf and hard of hearing: 1-800-799-4889 Text to 838255
STOP SOLDIER SUICIDE: Military and Veteran Suicide Prevention
Stop Soldier Suicide works 1-on-1 with troops, veterans, and military families to help navigate the maze of services, programs and assistance available. Resources include mental health, emergency financial aid, housing assistance, alternative therapies, education, and more. Call (844) 889-5610
TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, Inc)
TAPS offers compassionate care to all those grieving the loss of a loved one who died while serving in our Armed Forces or as a result of his or her service including death by suicide. Since 1994, TAPS has provided comfort and hope 24/7 through a national peer support network and connection to grief resources, all at no cost to surviving families and loved ones. Call 24/7 1-800-959-TAPS (8277)
Vet Centers are community-based counseling centers that provide a wide range of social and psychological services, including professional readjustment counseling to eligible Veterans, active duty service members, including National Guard and Reserve components, and their families. Readjustment counseling is offered to make a successful transition from military to civilian life or after a traumatic event experienced in the military. Individual, group, marriage and family counseling is offered in addition to referral and connection to other VA or community benefits and services. Vet Center counselors and outreach staff, many of whom are Veterans themselves, are experienced and prepared to discuss the tragedies of war, loss, grief and transition after trauma. Vet Centers are located throughout the United States.
SANTA CLARITA VETERAN SERVICES COLLABORATIVE
A gathering of dedicated business men and women, non-profit organizations, and individuals pledged to care for the interests of local veterans and their families. There is a resource guide with links for a variety of resources including counseling, medical, education, employment, housing, transportation, and legal services.
COLLEGE OF THE CANYONS VETERANS RESOURCE CENTER
The Veteran Resource Center guides veteran students and veteran dependents through the process of accessing their VA education and vocational benefits at the college's Valencia and Canyon Country campuses.
LOS ANGELES COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF MILITARY AND VETERAN AFFAIRS
This office of the Los Angeles County government provides resources for veterans regarding benefits, education, housing, employment, and healthcare. Department of Military and Veteran Affairs, Santa Clarita--Community and Senior Services: Walk In. 26111 Bouquet Canyon Road, Building G, Suite GO. Santa Clarita, CA 91350. Tel (661) 452-3413. See the website for other locations in Los Angeles County.
US DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
National Center for PTSD - the world's leading research and educational center of excellence on PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder) and traumatic stress.
Resources for anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, traumatic brain injury, sexual trauma, schizophrenia, substance abuse.
CENTER FOR WOMEN VETERANS (CWV): WOMEN VETERANS MENTAL HEALTH
VA Health Benefits include mental health services for Women Veterans. These include inpatient and outpatient care at VA medical centers; community-based outpatient treatment services; Vet Center support, including individual and whole-family services, for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), psychological effects of military sexual trauma (MST), depression, grief, anxiety, readjustment, substance use disorders, and other needs.
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
Information and links to additional resources for veteran health issues including mental health, PTSD, military sexual trauma, substance abuse, traumatic brain injury (800) 952-5626.
PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH CENTER OF EXCELLENCE
To improve the lives of our nation’s service members, veterans, and their families by advancing excellence in psychological health care, readiness, and prevention of psychological health disorders. Information, brochure.
WOMEN’S MENTAL HEALTH
MAKE THE CONNECTION
This campaign, launched by the Department of Veterans Affairs, seeks to make it easy for Veterans to “make the connection” between what they are experiencing and the kinds of resources and services that can help them get on a better track. It not only provides information, but allows Veterans to contact others who have made “the connection,” sought services/treatment and found an improved quality of life. Watch hundreds of Veteran videos and learn more about how to overcome challenges .
THE SOLDIERS PROJECT
To provide a safety net of psychological services for military service members and their loved ones, and to educate the general public on how the psychological consequences of war affect both those who serve and their loved ones at home. Services for any active duty service member or veteran who has served since September 11, 2001. We provide services to families and loved ones too – wives, husbands, partners, parents, children, and caregivers No one is turned away based on discharge status, branch of service, length of time served, or whether they saw combat. Call 1-877-576-5343
NOTE: As of January 2020, The Soldiers Project is not accepting new clients while the non-profit works to secure capital and recruit additional volunteer clinicians. Donations and volunteer support are welcome.