Organizations Helping PTSD VeteransUpdated: November 3, 2022
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur when an individual experiences a traumatic event like combat, military sexual trauma, violence, and terrorism. It is normal for most people to have a stress reaction after a traumatic experience. But, if the response doesn’t dissipate or begins to disrupt daily life, then you may have PTSD. According to the National Center for PTSD, eight out of every 100 veterans have PTSD.
If you or a comrade is struggling with PTSD, here are nine organizations that can help in no particular order:
National Center for PTSD
A part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the National Center for PTSD provides resources and information to improve patient care through research, education, and training in diagnosing PTSD.
This organization provides free, confidential, non-medical counseling 24/7 to veterans coping with PTSD. Counselors can refer service members to services in their local community or provide support via face-to-face, online or phone consultations.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
This website provides veterans with a comprehensive list of resources. They answer questions many are afraid to ask, such as: Who should I tell? How will asking for treatment affect my career? What are the dangers of not disclosing?
PTSD United offers an anonymous support network for veterans to connect with others who have experienced trauma. Their mission is to “empower and provide support for anyone affected by post-traumatic stress.” individuals will learn about available resources to cope with PTSD, heal through shared interaction, and grow as individuals.
Give an Hour
This organization has developed a national network of professional volunteers capable of delivering mental healthcare o veterans, service members, and families. They work with various government, corporate, and nonprofit partners at the local, state, and national levels. Give an Hour provides mental health services to local communities nationwide.
BraveHeart: Welcome Back Veterans Southeast Initiative
A collaboration between Emory University and the Atlanta Braves, the BraveHeart: Welcome Back Initiative is in the southeastern United States. They provide healthcare resources and specialists for service members and veterans returning from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
PTSD Foundation of America
The PTSD Foundation of America is a non-profit dedicated to mentoring both combat veterans and their families experiencing PTSD. They offer counseling and peer mentoring, both individually and in a group setting. The organization also works to raise awareness for the needs of military families coping with PTSD through community awareness.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
If you or someone you know is at risk for suicide, this organization provides 24/7 free, confidential support to those in distress. It also offers resources for loved ones, such as a checklist of warning signs and risk factors.
National Resource Directory
The U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Labor, and Department of Veterans Affairs have formed partnerships. They have launched this website to pool information from federal, state, and local levels. They provide a comprehensive resource for veterans, the military, and their families on everything from PTSD services to caregiver support.
Suffering from PTSD can be a lonely and isolating experience. The first step to getting well and learning how to manage your symptoms is to ask for help. There is no shame in admitting that you may not be able to cope by yourself. Know that you are not alone, and use these resources to contact professionals ready to help.