If you’re a veteran, service member, or loved one of this population in crisis, there is 24/7, confidential crisis support and resources available. Call, chat online or text: 838255.
The Vermont Veteran and Family Outreach Team will help any veteran. Although they actively work to contact veterans with service since 9/11/01, they will help any veteran or family member who contacts them.
Information to help you understand what benefits and services are available for Vermont veterans.
The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Caregiver Support Program (CSP) offers clinical services to caregivers of eligible and covered Veterans enrolled in the VA health care system.
For those that serve or who have served, crises can be heightened by their experiences during military service. Resources are available
Improving Mental Wellness for Service Members and Veterans
Service members and veterans have a higher risk of suicide due to occupational exposure to traumatic experiences, easier access to firearms, and social stigma related to seeking treatment. Having a mental illness, a history of alcohol or drug misuse, social isolation, can also increase the risk of suicide for service members and veterans.
To reduce suicide risk and improve mental wellness, individuals and organizations can work to end stigma by talking about mental health and supporting peer and other mental health networks and programs. We can also reduce access to potentially dangerous household items, like firearms, when people are in crisis.