San Diego Veterans & Military Mental Health Resources
Help is available for San Diego’s veterans and military. Find easy access to mental health and suicide prevention resources by using the links provided here. If you or someone you care about is experiencing a suicidal or mental health crisis, please call the Access and Crisis Line at (888) 724-7240. Trained and experienced counselors are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day to provide support, referrals, and crisis intervention. You can also call the Access and Crisis Line if you are concerned about someone, just need to talk, have questions about how to offer support, or if you are looking for information about community resources, mental health referrals, and alcohol and drug support services. If emergency medical care is needed, call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital.
Courage to Call:
This program is a Veteran-run, peer-to-peer support program in San Diego County providing free and confidential services to active and former military members, reservists, National Guardsmen, their families and loved ones. The program connects callers with referrals to resources and support to reduce stress and improve overall mental health. These services are provided off-base in a safe and private atmosphere.
Support Your Vet:
This website by Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) offers forums, tips and mental health resources for family members and friends of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans.
Make the Connection:
This campaign, launched by the Department of Veterans Affairs, seeks to make it easy for Veterans to “make the connection” between what they are experiencing and the kinds of resources and services that can help them get on a better track. It not only provides information, but allows Veterans to contact others who have made “the connection,” sought services/treatment and found an improved quality of life. Watch hundreds of Veteran videos and learn more about how to overcome challenges.
Department of Veterans Affairs:
This section of the website offers tips and resources related to mental health and suicide prevention.
Veterans Crisis Line:
Phone: (800) 273-8255 (TALK), press “1” for Veterans
This is a free, 24-hour hotline available to Veterans or anyone concerned about them who may be in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Text and chat also available.
This portion of the website offers information about dealing with deployment. It makes recommendations of how best to prepare, communicate with children and cope with stress and anxiety.
The Real Warriors Campaign:
The Real Warriors Campaign is an initiative launched by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) to promote the processes of building resilience, facilitating recovery and supporting reintegration of returning service members, veterans and their families. This section of the website offers information to help prepare children for a parent’s deployment.
California Department of Veteran Affairs:
Phone: (800) 952-5626
A hub to learn about federal and state education, employment, healthcare, housing, and claims benefits.
Wounded Warrior Project (WWP):
The Wounded Warrior Project is a nonprofit organization that seeks to assist those men and women of our armed forces who have been severely injured by encouraging peer support and providing unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.