PTSD Resource Directory - National
Veterans Crisis Line
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Beyond PTSD™ is a group of individuals & family members of suffers who have learned to rise above PTSD & live their best lives, daily. They strive to reach out to all 8 Mil. people suffering from PTSD, along with their significant others & friends, to help them thrive–1 day at a time.
Beyond PTSD™ is a safe space to access free videos on specific PTSD issues, access to low-cost therapy, and learn how to survive PTSD to live your best everyday life.
Contact: Beyond PTSD™ PO Box 123 San Juan Capistrano, CA 92610
Make the Connection
Whether you just returned from a deployment or have been home for 40 years, it’s never too late to get professional treatment or support for PTSD. Receiving counseling or treatment as soon as possible can keep your symptoms from getting worse.
In addition, taking a self-assessment can help you find out if your feelings and behaviors may be related to PTSD. This short list of questions won’t be able to tell you for sure whether you have PTSD, but it may indicate whether it’s a good idea to see a professional. If you believe you may be living with PTSD and ready to take the next step, find a professional near you who may be able to help.
Volunteers of America
Through hundreds of human service programs, including housing and healthcare, Volunteers of America touches the lives of more than 1.4 million people in over 400 communities in 46 states as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico each year. Since 1896, they have supported and empowered America's most vulnerable groups, including veterans, at-risk youth, the frail elderly, men and women returning from prison, homeless individuals and families, people with disabilities, and those recovering from addictions.
Phone: (703) 341-5000
Contact: 1660 Duke Street Alexandria, VA 22314
If someone in your family suffers from PTSD, you can be a first step for them in their journey to a healthy life. Sometimes people with PTSD are hesitant to seek help for a variety of reasons. Perhaps they feel shame or anger, feel like they will lose control or be embarrassed, or feel as if no one understands what they are going through.
You can help your loved one feel safe enough to get professional help. During the course of their treatment, you will be a vital link to their full recovery.
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Phone: (888) 436-6306
Heal the Hero Foundation
Technology today is opening dramatic possibilities for new levels of brain fitness, optimal performance and well-being. Heal the Hero provides scholarship funding for drug-free, proven brain performance programs. Their work is about strategically unfolding the untapped success potential within our communities. Heal the Hero educates the community and we funds a breakthrough brain performance technology initiative with a credentialed history for first responders, military, collegiate recovery, nonprofit, mental health, education and business sectors.
Phone: (888) 651-1557
Address: 6501 E. Greenway Pkwy Ste 103-121, Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Vitanya wellness coaches utilize advanced, non-invasive, bio-signal monitoring technologies to gain valuable insights about the brain and body. They apply principles of nutrition, exercise, and restful behavior to improve overall brain performance. Better brain performance improves overall wellness, immunity, focus, quality of sleep and other health benefits.
National Institute of Mental Health: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
American Psychological Association: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – National Center for PTSD: //www.ptsd.va.gov/, (802) 296-6300
PTSD Foundation of America: 1-877-717-PTSD (7873), //ptsdusa.org/
PTSD United: //www.ptsdunited.org/
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255), //www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network: //www.nctsn.org/
American Psychiatric Nurses Association: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Resources
Coping, Advocacy, and Support
Make the Connection: //maketheconnection.net/
PTSD Alliance: //www.ptsdalliance.org/
After Deployment: //afterdeployment.dcoe.mil/
Military with PTSD: //www.militarywithptsd.org/
PTSD Anonymous: //www.ptsdanonymous.org/
Give an hour: https://giveanhour.org/
Change Direction: https://www.changedirection.org/
One Mind: https://onemind.org/
Patients Like Me: https://www.patientslikeme.com/
Hidden Heroes: https://hiddenheroes.org/
Your Storage Finder: https://www.yourstoragefinder.com/guidance-for-veterans-mental-health
PTSD Foundation of America: The Statistics
PTSD United: PTSD Statistics
Sidran Institute – Traumatic Stress Education & Advocacy: Myths and Facts About PTSD
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: //nccih.nih.gov/
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Complementary and Alternative Medicine for PTSD
Resources for Caregivers
National Alliance for Caregiving: //www.caregiving.org/
The Global PTSD Survival Blog: //ptsdsurvival.blogspot.com/
PTSD Treatment Help: //ptsdtreatmenthelp.com/
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: PTSD Treatment Programs in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Finding a Therapist
National Institutes of Health: NIH Clinical Research Trials
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Research at the National Center for PTSD: Join a Study
Other National PTSD Resources
Lifeline for Vets
Connects callers to other veterans of America’s armed forces. This hotline is “vets serving vets” and provides needed help to veterans, their friends and their families.
The Mission Continues
Empowers veterans facing the challenge of adjusting to life at home to find new missions.
Vet Center Call Center Counseling
Phone: 877-WAR-VETS (877-927-8387)
Provides readjustment counseling to veterans, active duty service members and their families in a safe, confidential environment. Over 70% of VA’s Vet Center staff are veterans, of whom the majority are combat veterans.
Our website provides comprehensive details on grants for veterans. These grants are given away for free, and they could help low income veterans with bills, mortgage, rent, housing, college, and medications.
PTSD impacts millions of people across the world. Learn the signs, symptoms and treatment options to better understand how to help people living with the disorder.
This resource guide aims to help those who may have family or friends or believe that they themselves could be affected.
Are you a veteran struggling with substance abuse or addiction? Do you suspect you also have a mental illness like depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or anxiety? If the answer is “yes,” you’re not alone, and help is within reach.
Among the most prevalent of these concerns are physical pain from injuries and mental illnesses such as PTSD. Over time, many of these brave men and women who fought for our freedom find themselves fighting for freedom from alcohol and substance abuse.
Our military veterans have some of the most pressing and immediate needs, and substantial research is now being carried out to determine whether and to what extent CBD oil, capsules, and other cannabidiol products can serve as useful therapy tools.
PTSD Resources for Service Members, Veterans, and their families
Dispelling Myths about PTSD
Five myths about PTSD and facts to disprove them from DCoE - particularly geared toward service members, veterans, and their families.
Helping Families Understand Combat Stress
DCoE article to help families understand the causes and symptoms of combat stress, as well as situations that can trigger a stress reaction, and how to help protect a service member from stressful circumstances.
VA Free Mobile Apps
A variety of mobile applications (apps) that provide self-help, education and support following trauma. Also offers treatment companion apps, for use with a health care provider, to make treatment easier. There are apps for iOS and Android devices.
eBook: PTSD Compensation and Military Service
Thorough assessment of how the Department of Veterans Affairs evaluates veterans with possible PTSD and determines the level of disability support to which they are entitled. (PDF BELOW)
From afterdeployment.org, an introduction to PTSD, with sections focused on understanding trauma memories, tools for managing stress reactions, and getting additional support.
Military Sexual Trauma
Provides facts about sexual assault and harrassment in the military, the impact of sexual trauma in the military, reporting and legal issues, providing emotional support, and preventing assault and revictimization. From afterdeployment.org.
An organization that focuses on providing free treatment services to veterans experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). They are a tax-exempt not-for-profit (501c3).
PTSD Resources for Providers
The PTSD Toolkit for Nurses
Provides easy to access information and simulation based on gaming techniques on how to identify, assess and refer veterans suffering from PTSD.
Psychological and Pharmacological Treatments for Adults With PTSD
AHRQ Clinician Summary of research review of best strategies for reducing PTSD symptoms in adults.
Pharmacologic Guidelines for Treating Individuals with PTSD & Co-Occurring Opioid Use Disorders
SAMHSA guidelines for medication-assisted treatment for individuals with PTSD and co-occurring opioid use disorders. Covers screening, concomitant treatment, pharmacotherapy, and multiple substances of abuse.
PTSD Research Fact Sheet
Highlights important areas that NIMH researchers have recently focused on: possible risk factors, treating PTSD, and next steps for research.
VA/DoD Clinical Guideline for the Management of PTSD
This evidence-based guideline assists health professionals with the management of PTSD. (.PDF)
A wealth of resources based upon NIMH's PTSD-focused research.
PTSD: Treatment Options
DCoE information about prevention and treatment of PTSD, including various therapies and pharmacological approaches.
VA Resources for PTSD
Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD
This Center conducts research and education on the prevention, understanding, and treatment of PTSD. It has seven divisions across the country.
National Center for PTSD: For Providers and Researchers
Training materials as well as information and tools to help with assessment and treatment, all based on the latest research.
Assessment Overview | Treatment Overview | Co-Occurring Conditions | Continuing Education
Clinician's Trauma Update Online
Newsletter that includes brief updates on the latest clinically relevant research. Content on treatment and assessment is emphasized.
Psychological First Aid: Field Operations Guide
PFA is an evidence-informed modular approach for assisting people in the immediate aftermath of disaster and terrorism: to reduce initial distress, and to foster short and long-term adaptive functioning. Also includes a free mobile app.
Features videos of Veterans sharing their stories, info about PTSD and treatment options. Helps clinicians achieve a better understanding regarding the ambivalence that characterizes most treatment-seeking behavior and helps them engage their Veteran clients with empathy, authenticity and humility.
eBook: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Diagnosis and Assessment
An elaboration of the Committee on Gulf War and Health's responses to the VA’s questions regarding PTSD diagnosis, assessment, treatment, and compensation.
eBook: Treatment of PTSD: An Assessment of the Evidence
Systematic look at the efficacy of pharmacologic and psychological treatment modalities for PTSD that makes eight critical recommendations.