Veterans

NAMI Resources

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 (or copy and paste into your browser) the link: https://www.nami.org/homefront
*All participants are screened to ensure this class is appropriate for their needs.

Vet Connection

If you are a veteran with a mental health issue and would like to start a support group with other veterans, contact supportgroups@namimn.org.

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 and is also available in DVD or VHS. Contact the NAMI office to order. 

Hope for Recovery: Minnesota’s Adult Mental Health Resource Guide (Sept. 2016)

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.

General Resources

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  for 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.

Services