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Mental Health Topics
VA Covers Emergency Care Costs for Eligible Veterans
During a medical emergency, VA encourages all Veterans to seek immediate medical attention without delay. If you are a Veteran in suicidal crisis, you can now go to any VA or non-VA health care facility for free emergency health care.
Enduring Harassment, Confronting Pain and Finding Support
Shirley joined the military to see the world. But when she experienced sexual harassment and assault, she felt as if she couldn’t speak up. She felt alone and buried her emotions for years before seeking support from VA. Counseling groups helped Shirley feel better and find the camaraderie she was missing.
VA Can Help You Manage Your Depression
Everyone feels sad at times, and those feelings often pass within a few days. If you can’t seem to rally, and it’s starting to interfere with your daily life, it could be a sign of depression. VA offers a range of treatment options that have proved effective for most people, and there are many types of professionals at VA who can treat depression.
Find MST-Related Care and Resources
VA uses the term “military sexual trauma” (MST) to refer to sexual assault or sexual harassment experienced during military service. MST includes any sexual activity during military service in which you are involved against your will or when unable to say no. If you are experiencing any difficulties related to MST, VA is here to provide supportive resources and services, including free MST-related care.
VA Supports Older Veterans
VA has many programs to support older Veterans and their families and caregivers, including mental health programs and resources that focus on the needs of older Veterans. VA also provides a range of specialized services for coping with complex health conditions in later life.
Let VA Help You Support a Veteran in Your Life
As a family member or friend of a Veteran experiencing a mental health challenge, you can play an important role in providing support for their recovery. People who are close to Veterans are often the first to notice that they are going through a tough time. Letting a Veteran know you’re there for them can help start a conversation.