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How Can I Find Help for Veteran PTSD?

If you are in crisis, please call 911, go to your nearest emergency room, or call  1-800-273-8255 (Para Español llame 1-888-628-9454). Veterans in need of help: Press "1" after you call, or go to Veterans Crisis Line to chat live with a crisis counselor at any time.

Finding the Right Mental Health Professional for Veteran PTSD, Scheduling An Appointment, Active Duty and Veterans Help Resources

Just like there are a wide variety of wounds warriors experience during and following combat, there are a wide variety of health professionals to treat those wounds. Finding the right therapist depends on what matters most to you. Determine if you are interested in a specific type of therapy or if your selection will be limited by your health care provider and fees. Regardless of what you decide is right for you, there are a number of ways to find a suitable veterans mental health therapist.

Scheduling An Appointment

When you call to schedule an appointment, be sure to mention that you are looking for a therapist who specializes in effective treatment of the specific issue(s) you would like to address. For example, an effective treatment for PTSD is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT).

Active Duty and Veterans Help Resources

  • The WWP Resource Center can assist you with information regarding WWP programs and services to meet your specific needs. Email the WWP Resource Center at or call 888.WWP.ALUM (888.997.2586).
  • Call the VA Health Benefits Service Center toll free at 1-877-222-VETS or explore My HealtheVet, which provides veterans help with VA health care information, services, and locations.
  • Call the Vet Center's national number at 1-800-905-4675 or visit online for more information or to find the location nearest you.
  • Locate non-veteran specific metal health services online through the Mental Health Services Locator hosted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
  • Take a look at Sidran. They offer a referral list of therapists, as well as a fact sheet on how to choose a therapist for PTSD.

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Useful Resources

Here are a few helpful resources:

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Project Odyssey®

Project Odyssey is an outdoor, rehabilitative retreat that helps warriors overcome combat stress through shared experiences with peers and connecting with nature.

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