There may come a time when you or your spouse need to talk to someone about your mental health. Beyond the typical stressors of military life, the global COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges this year. In fact, more than one in three adults in the U.S. have reported symptoms of anxiety or depression since it started (source: KKF).
Fortunately, the military has a wealth of resources for this. Many mental health resources are specific to duty station, so be sure to check with your local ombudsman, FRG or Fleet & Family.
- Fleet & Family Support Program – check your local installation for workshops, counseling, and other assistance
- Sailor Assistance & Intercept for Life (SAIL) – a sub-program under fleet & family to help with suicide prevention
- Family Advocacy Program (FAP) – services for families involved in domestic violence
- Navy Chaplain – Confidential support for check for local contact information
- Military OneSource
- FOCUS – resiliency training for families
- Telemental Health Services – requires referral from your doctor
- Giveanhour.org – donated time from mental health professionals
- Psychologytoday.com – search for a psychologist who takes Tricare
- Cohen Veterans Network – connection to mental health clinics for veterans and families
- Objective Zero – peer support for veterans
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-784-2433
- Veterans Crisis Line: 800-273-8255
- Check your local county and hospitals for more crisis lines
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to any of these organizations, resources or a friend if you need help! Asking for help is a sign of strength. Do you have more resources that aren’t listed here? Experiences with any of these services? Comment below!