Mental health resources for veterans, families

Updated 11/12/2017 4:12 PM

Many state and local organizations help veterans and their families. Here are some resources for mental health and suicide prevention.

For veterans:

Veterans Crisis Line

(800) 273-8255 or text 838255

24/7 helpline connects veterans with trained responders from the Department of Veterans Affairs to address any immediate concern, including thoughts of suicide, financial emergencies or family issues.

Department of Defense Be there Peer Support Call and Outreach Center

(844) 357-7337 or text (480) 360-6188

Trained peer coaches who are veterans or veterans' spouses answer 24/7 for suicide prevention, substance abuse, psychological health, the transition home, post-traumatic stress, sleep issues, relationship and family issues, spiritual support, parenting, higher education, financial counseling and wounded warrior support.

Headstrong Project

Nonprofit organization of veterans serving post-Sept. 11 veterans with free mental health assistance.

Illinois Warrior Assistance Program

(866) 554-4927

Confidential 24/7 hotline eases the transition home with counseling and screenings for traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress.

Edward Hines Jr. VA Mental Health Line

708-202-8387 Ext. 22002

Mental health services available at Hines VA and clinics in Aurora, Hoffman Estates, Joliet, Kankakee, LaSalle and Oak Lawn.

Make the Connection

Website shares real stories of recovery from veterans and their families as examples for others in similar situations.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

(800) 273-8255

Network of 160 local crisis centers answers calls 24/7.

For families of veterans:

Illinois Joining Forces

(877) 236-7702

Statewide network helps with behavioral health, benefits, emergency assistance, education, employment, families and children, female veterans' services, financial literacy, homelessness, housing, job training and legal support.

Road Home Program for Veterans and their Families at Rush University Medical Center

(312) 942-8387

Free 3-week intensive outpatient program for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and their families; offers counseling and support.

Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program or

Provides pre- and post-deployment resilience training.

Illinois National Guard Family Assistance Center

(800) 832-9255

Offers information, referrals and outreach to service members in all branches of the military and their families.

Military Outreach USA

(877) 734-4244

Christian nonprofit based in Northbrook provides support and information about recovering from moral injury.

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