Salem VA Health Care System encourages Veterans to reach out for mental health assistance

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SALEM, Va. (WFXR) – September is Suicide Prevention Month and the Salem VA Health Care System is raising awareness of its resources available for Veterans.

“Veterans are often used to being focused on helping others and show great resilience. However, they have also often faced many significant stressors. We want them to know that reaching out for help is only an extension of their resilience, that there is hope for everyone, and that many excellent treatment options are available to them. The Salem VA Health Care System prides itself on its mental health care. Whether a Veteran needs an immediate connection through our Primary Care Mental Health Integration Program, ongoing care from one of our amazing staff psychologists or social workers, or residential treatment, help is available.”

Katie Foust, Suicide Prevention Case Manager and Licensed Clinical Social Worker

For Veterans who are struggling and want help, there are several ways to reach out.

  • Calling or texting a friend or fellow Veteran to talk about what they are going through
  • Tapping in VA tools to get help when going through life’s challenges:
    • Call the Salem VA Suicide Prevention Team at 540-982-2463, ext. 2436.
    • Walk into the main campus of the Medical Center or one of the Community Based Outpatient Clinics to access care through Primary Care Mental Health Integration.
    • Call the Veterans and Military Crisis Live at 1-800-273-8255 and press 1 for 24/7 support from a trained responder who can also connect individuals directly to local Suicide Prevention.
    • Make the Connection, where more than 600 Veterans and family members share their stories of strength and recovery.
    • MyVA411 allows Veterans, their families and caregivers to call 1-800-MyVA411 (800-698-2411) for easy access of information on benefits and services through the VA.
    • If you are a supporter, reach out, offer support, and encourage the Veterans you know to ask for help when they need it.

The VA also has resources to help Veterans transitioning from the military or going through a difficult time. VA Solid Start connects Veterans with qualified representatives who call three times during a Veteran’s first year of separation to walk through available benefits.

The Self-Check Assessment is a confidential, anonymous risk assessment that Veterans can use to help them understand if and how stress and depression are affecting them.

Veterans who are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless can get free, confidential support through the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans where training counselors are available around the clock.

Veterans do not have to be registered with the VA or enrolled in VA health care to contact the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans.

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