Mental health resources for military veterans

Courtesy of
Assemblyman
Mike Miller

Assemblyman Mike Miller

Dear Friends and Veterans,

With war comes trauma. But New York’s military personnel and their families don’t have to deal with it alone.

There is a host of services available to New York veterans, whether recently returning from the Middle East, or those who served in Vietnam, Korea, World War II or other conflicts. There are many challenges veterans face, like post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), increased alcoholism and drug use, homelessness, anger and anxiety. But there are people here to help, and I hope our treasured veterans take advantage of these benefits.

When faced with PTSD, alcoholism and drug use, finding help can be hard. This pamphlet is a resource to help families and veterans cope with the issues that come with civilian life after experiencing stressful circumstances in war.

I cannot thank our veterans enough for their tireless efforts, sacrifice and hard work that continue to protect America and everything she stands for. If you are a veteran or know a veteran who is struggling, you are not the only one. There is help waiting for New York veterans.

If you need help dealing with state agencies or filling out forms, my community office is here to help. Please give us a call.

Sincerely,

Mike Miller
Member of Assembly



New York State Office
of Mental Health (OMH)

www.omh.state.ny.us
The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) provides a Mental Health Program Directory on its website which allows you to:

•   Search for mental health programs by county, program category or subcategory.
•   View program details including program name, address and phone number.

You may also call OMH if you have questions or complaints about mental health services in New York State: 1-800-597-8481
If you are in crisis, OMH provides this toll-free number: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Veteran Affairs (VA) PTSD Program Locator www.va.gov
Use the Veteran Affairs (VA) PTSD Program Locator to see if there is a specialized Mental Health program near you.

Vet Centers
1-800-905-4675 (Eastern)
1-866-496-8838 (Pacific)


Vet Centers are operated by the VA’s Readjustment Counseling Service. Call to get more information on Vet Centers.

Military One Source
1-800-342-9647

Military One Source is designed to help military members, veterans and families deal with life issues.
New York State HOPELINE
1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369)

This number offers help 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and your call is anonymous and confidential.

New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS)
www.oasas.state.ny.us.

Visit OASAS’ website to locate a certified service provider by name, city or county.






HOW CAN I GET HELP?
New York State Suicide Prevention Resource Center
www.sprc.org
The New York State Suicide Prevention Resource Center Web page provides information that includes:
—or—
Suicide Prevention Hotline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Call if you know someone who is in suicidal crisis.



National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Veterans, family members or friends can access Veterans Chat through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website.

—or—

Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline
1-800-273-TALK (8255) and press 1

Call will be routed to the Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline.
Brain Injury Association of
New York State (BIANYS)

Family Help Line: 1-800-228-8201

In collaboration with the New York State Department of Health, the Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS) seeks to:

•  Raise awareness about traumatic brain injury.
•  Be a resource to providers and families as they seek to understand the symptoms of and treatment for traumatic brain injury.

BIANYS can answer your questions and get you the help you need. Call its Family Help Line if you or your family member served in Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom and sustained a brain injury during deployment.

Department of Veterans Affairs
www.ptsd.va.gov/public/index.asp

Visit the website of the Department of Veterans Affairs to access information regarding traumatic brain injury.
“It’s important to support our troops while they’re serving — and when they return to our communities. We’re here to see them through, from homecoming welcomes to ensuring a happy and healthy return to civilian life.”
Assemblyman
Mike Miller


83-91 Woodhaven Boulevard
Woodhaven, NY 11421
718-805-0950
millermg@assembly.state.ny.us


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