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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:

  • Call 988 (then press 1)

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 does not affect your access. And you are still eligible for some services, even if you do not qualify for VA health benefits. Find out what resources and support are available through the VA for a variety of mental health conditions.

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: July 19, 2024

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