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Fortunately, VA’s National Center for PTSD offers online resources for identifying the condition and how to get help for yourself, a friend or a family member. And the Department of Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury have put together some low-tech suggestions and high-tech apps that can help you or a loved one better manage holiday stress.

Of course, sometimes it helps to talk with a professional. And the responders and staff at the Veterans Crisis Line at the Department of Veterans Affairs make sure that they are accessible at all times, including the holiday season. The recent HBO film about the VA crisis linefeatures a sequence on Christmas Eve. The responders understand that PTSD and depression don’t take a holiday. If anything, they can become more intense at those times of year when people are expected to “make merry.”

Veterans and their loved ones can receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

  • Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1
  • Chat online
  • Or send a text message to 838255

For more information, visit https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/.

And if you’re interested in a job on the Crisis Line or supporting Veterans in many other ways, please visit VA Careers.

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 As a family member, friend or significant other, YOU too may be suffering from your own issues.   THERE IS  HELP FOR YOU, AND  YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR VETERAN.  

 There are lots of people just like you, going through these difficult times of life.  Getting together with a counselor and/or a group of other vet care givers, is both comforting and really helpful.  The advice of what has worked for others and what has had unintended consequences can be invaluable. 

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Resources for Family and Friends

Coaching Into Care – This VA program provides guidance for helping family members encourage their Veterans to get on a better track. Free, confidential assistance is available by calling 1-888-823-7458 or emailing CoachingIntoCare@va.govhttp://www.mirecc.va.gov/coaching/

VA Caregiver Support – The VA Caregiver Support Program offers training, educational resources, and a variety of tools to help you succeed. Call the Caregiver Support Line at 855–260–3274 for advice on being a caregiver. https://www.caregiver.va.gov/

National Center for PTSD: Help for Family and Friends – The National Center for PTSD provides information about the effects of Veterans’ trauma on their families, children, relationships, and communities, as well as resources and support to help Veterans and their family members and friends to respond and cope with those effects. https://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/family/resources_family_friends.asp

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