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Mental health and substance abuse help for veterans

Learn how to get mental health and substance abuse help through the VA.

Get immediate crisis help

Contact the Veteran Crisis Hotline. To reach a counselor:

Counselors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

VA mental health resources

All veterans can get mental health services at a VA medical center or vet center. Your discharge status or whether you have VA health benefits do not affect your access.

To start getting mental health services:

  • Call the VA at 1-877-222-8387 Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM ET.

VA substance abuse resources

The VA offers treatment options for veterans with substance abuse problems. They have programs for medication-based and therapy-based treatment.

If you have VA health benefits, you can start treatment:

LAST UPDATED: December 6, 2023


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