According to a 2014 study, nearly 1 in 4 active duty members showed signs of a mental health condition. Military personnel may encounter a variety of traumatic and challenging experiences during their service as well as during their transition to civilian life; many veterans live with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and thoughts of suicide. These “invisible wounds,” in addition to physical injuries sustained during service, can create challenges and obstacles for veterans in the months and years after their return. There are treatment resources, advocacy organizations, and confidential help available to veterans and their families and friends, both in Sonoma County and across the country.
If you are a veteran in need of immediate care, please consider one of the following resources:
- Veterans Crisis Line: Call, text or chat if you or someone you know is in a crisis. Call (1-800) 273-8255 and press 1. You can also text 838255 to chat online at militarycrisisline.net/chat.
- Psychological Health Resource Center: Call or chat with a trained health resource consultant for free, 24/7 by calling (866) 966-1020 or chat online at realwarriors.net/livechat.
- Military Hospital or Clinic/TRICARE Nurse Advice Line: Provides emergency and non-emergency care for both physical and invisible wounds covered by TRICARE. Visit tricare.mil/mtf to find a location near you, or call (800) 874-2273 and press 1.
Publications for Veterans
5 Questions to Ask Your Psychological Health Provider – by the Defense Health Agency
Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) – by the Department of Veterans Affairs
Suicide Risk Assessment Guide for Veterans – by the Department of Veterans Affairs
North Bay Veterans Resource Center
The North Bay Veterans Resource Center (NBVRC) assists homeless veterans or veterans at risk of imminent homelessness to find and maintain housing through case management, referrals to housing programs, and in some cases financial assistance. The NBVRC also has computers available for veteran use, clothing, and hygiene packs for those in need, as well as coffee and snacks in the waiting room.
The NBVRC has the following programs for local veterans:
- Supportive Services for Veterans and Families (SSVF): A rapid rehousing and homeless prevention program for low-income veterans and their families. Provides case management and temporary financial assistance.
- Hearn House Behavioral Health Treatment Program: A 15-bed residential program for male veterans with a history of mental illness and/or substance abuse.
- Rocca House Transitional Housing Program: An 8-bed transitional housing program for male veterans; residents work toward training, employment, and permanent housing goals.
|Office: 444 10th St #102, Santa Rosa
Call: (707) 578-8387
Fax: (707) 578-2788
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