Help in a Crisis
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255, Press 1; start a confidential chat by texting 838255; if you have hearing loss, call TTY: 800-799-4889
Crisis Text Line: Text NAMI to 741-741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor to receive free, 24/7 crisis support via text message.
NAMI HelpLine: Call 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) M–F, 7 a.m.–3 p.m., PT for free mental health information, referrals and support.
Mental Health Concerns For Military Service Members and Veterans
There are three primary mental health concerns encountered by those serving in the military.
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Traumatic events, such as military combat, assault, disasters or sexual assault can have long-lasting negative effects such as trouble sleeping, anger, nightmares, being jumpy and alcohol and drug abuse. When these troubles don’t go away, it could be PTSD. The rate of PTSD may be up to 15 times higher in active duty service members compared to civilians.
More than just experiencing sadness, depression doesn’t mean you are weak, nor is it something that you can simply “just get over.” Depression interferes with daily life and normal functioning and may require treatment. The rate of depression may be up to five times higher in active duty service members compared to civilians.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
A traumatic brain injury is usually the result of significant blow to the head or body. Symptoms can include headaches, fatigue or drowsiness, memory problems and mood changes and mood swings.
Help for Families
A program for families, caregivers, and friends of military service members and veterans with mental health conditions. NAMI Homefront is taught by trained family members of service members/veterans with mental health conditions.
- 6 educational sessions
- Free program
- Provides ways to identify and access federal, state and local services
- Available online!
Read about a study that reveals the benefits of the NAMI Homefront program.
Find NAMI Homefront near you by contacting your local NAMI affiliate, or take NAMI Homefront online.
Online Sign-Up Find Your Local NAMI
Support and Resources
Our local NAMI affiliates in California offer free support groups and classes for those living with mental health conditions and their families. Find your local affiliate to find out more about how you can find help and hope.
CalVet: Native American Veterans
U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
Support for Veterans During the Pandemic (U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs)Find Your Local NAMI
Help for Familes
NAMI has an education program called NAMI Homefront, a six-session adaptation of the evidence-based NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program. This free program will focus on the unique needs of families of Military Service Members and Veterans who are living with mental illness and often face post-deployment or post-discharge challenges.
Guide for Families and Caregivers
Are you a veteran or military family member with a story to share that can help and inspire others?Community Voices
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