Mental Health Resources for Veterans

February 10, 2021 - Author: Steve Whittington

MSU Extension's Veteran Mental Health Resources

VA Mental Health Services:

  • The VA Mental Health Services home page is a great starting point for exploring mental health services and care provided by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. You can explore resources by topic, type of care needed, tele-health counseling capabilities, and explore local resources.
  • You can also find your local VA mental health care facility across Michigan. To find a VA mental health care facility visit this website, enter in your city, state, or postal code, choose a "VA Health" in the facility type drop down, then select "mental health care" for service type.
  • VA Vet Centers are located across Michigan and are community-based counseling centers that provide a wide range of social and psychological services, including professional readjustment counseling to eligible Veterans, active duty service medng National Guard and Reserve components, and their families. To find a VA Vet Center, visit this website, enter in your city, state or postal code, "Vet Center" is automatically populated in the search, then click search.

State Services in Michigan:

Michigan State University Extension Resources

  • Mindfulness for Better Living 
    • Stress can take a serious toll on your physical, mental and emotional health. MSU Extension's mindfulness programs can help you manage your stress and live a better, healthier life.
  • Relax: Alternatives to Anger
    • This class helps adults, parents, and caregivers understand and manage anger and stress, and develop the communication and problem solving skills needed for healthy relationships.
  • Mental Health First Aid Training
    • MSU Extension partners with the National Council for Behavioral Health to provide this invaluable training for veterans, family members of veterans, or veteran service organization
    • Mental Health First Aid emphasizes recovery and resiliency and provides the following action plan using the acronym "ALGEE" to help those trained effectively assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis.
      • Assess for risk of suicide or harm
      • Listen non-judgementally
      • Give reassurance and information
      • Encourage appropriate professional help
      • Encourage self-help and other support strategies

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