We want to wish you a very happy holiday season. For many, the holidays can be a very joyful time, but for some, it may lead to an increase in anxiety, stress, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and
other mental health symptoms. Please know VA has several resources available and we are ready to help you cope.
VA is the world’s leading research and educational center of excellence on PTSD and traumatic stress. VA has a National Center for PTSD and there are abundant resources available on the
website. By visiting this site, you can learn more about PTSD and available treatment options, as well as locate VA care centers near you.
VA also created “PTSD
Coach,” an app that provides tools and resources to help you learn about and manage PTSD symptoms. Additionally, VA has developed this helpful
guide you can share with families and friends to help them understand PTSD and how they can support you.
Letting others know how you feel and asking for support can be extremely helpful. We encourage you to access information regarding mental health care and resources
here. allows this site, you can explore mental health resources by topic and locate VA and community resources near you. Additional assistance can also be found at this website,
Don’t wait. Reach out.
If you are experiencing a crisis, the
Veterans Crisis Line or National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, is available by dialing 1-800-273-8255, (Veterans press 1). The crisis line is staffed around the clock by a caring, qualified responders, 24 hours a day, 7
days a week.
We care about you and encourage you to use these resources. Please do not hesitate to reach out to VA with any assistance you might need for a safe and joyful holiday season!