Resources for Veterans
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Press 1 for Veteran Crisis Line
- Throughout Minnesota call **CRISIS (**274747)
- Crisis Text Line – is available for free, 24/7 by texting MN to 741741
Homefront Online Classes
NAMI Homefront is a free, six-session class for family, friends, and significant others of military service members and veterans. The class helps families comprehend what their loved one is experiencing related to trauma, combat stress, civilian life, PTSD, and other mental health conditions. Topics covered include mental health, communication, handling crises, treatment, and recovery.
The course is designed to increase understanding and advocacy skills while helping participants maintain their own well-being. The program is taught by trained military/veteran families who have a loved one with a mental health condition.
NAMI Homefront is an adaptation of the evidence-based NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program, which has been taught in VA health facilities since the late 1990s.
To learn more and register* click here.
*All participants are screened to ensure this class is appropriate for their needs.
Hope for Recovery: Minnesota’s Adult Mental Health Resource Guide (May 2018)
This resource guide provides a variety of highly useful information for navigating the mental health care system and finding the right services, contacts and supports. Download, here.
NAMI Minnesota Coming Home: Supporting Your Soldier
NAMI Minnesota and Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) collaborated on a video to help families called, “Coming Home: Supporting Your Soldier.” The program has aired many times on TPT. You can view it, here.
Helpline Available for Returning Vets and Families
A toll-free telephone self-assessment line has been started by the military in an effort to reach soldiers and family members who might not otherwise seek help for post-traumatic stress or other psychological disorders. Participants get transferred to a counselor if they are suicidal or want to talk to a live person. The phone number is operated around the clock: 1-877-877-3647.
Helpline for Iraqi War Veterans
This helpline helps connects veterans with services, 1-888-LinkVet.
Webpage for Returning Vets
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration‘s website for military families provides information on prevention, treatment, and recovery support for mental illness and substance abuse.
Recovery from Chemical Dependency and Mental Health Issues
Start Your Recovery website provides information on getting help for a family member, friend, spouse or yourself.
Veterans Crisis Line (U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs)
Call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1 for confidential help for veterans and their families. There is also a confidential chat available at VeteransCrisisLine.net or text to 838255.