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NAMI Minnesota
800 Transfer Road, #31
Saint Paul, MN 55114

phone: 651-645-2948
toll free: 1-888-NAMI-Helps
(1-888-626-4435)
fax: 651-645-7379

email: namihelps@namimn.org

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For Veterans

PTSD Treatment Options Online Course

PTSD Treatment Options is a short course about posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD can happen to anyone, and it affects 3.5% (7.7 million) of the adult population in the U.S. The online course was created for service members and veterans but is also helpful for anyone who has experienced a traumatic life event. After answering a few questions about your experiences, you’ll learn about PTSD from veterans via video and receive resources about treatment options available to reduce your stress reactions.

NAMI Homefront Classes for Families of Veterans

NAMI Homefront is a free, six-session class for family, friends and significant others of Military Service Members and Veterans. Sponsored by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), this class helps families comprehend what the Military Service Member/ Veteran is experiencing related to trauma, combat stress, civilian life, PTSD and other mental health conditions. Topics covered include mental health, communication, handling crises, treatment and recovery. New NAMI Homefront classes will start in January 2018.

After taking the class one spouse of a veteran related: “I realized I saw signs and symptoms of PTSD but did not know how to handle my loved one – I know better how to handle situations.”

NAMI Homefront is an adaptation of the evidence-based NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program, which has been taught in VA health facilities since the late 1990s.The course is designed to increase understanding and advocacy skills while helping participants maintain their own well-being. The program is taught by trained military/Veteran families who have a loved one with a mental health condition. All participants are screened to ensure this class is appropriate for their needs. To learn more and register for this online course, go to: www.nami.org/homefront.

Veterans Crisis Line (U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs) - 1-800-273-8255, press 1. Confidential help for Veterans and their families. Also, information and confidential chat at VeteransCrisisLine.net or text to 838255.

Veterans Suicide Prevention Act Passed, Feb. 12, 2015. More, here.

Helpful Resources

Helpline Available for Returning Vets and Families
A toll-free telephone self-assessment line has been started by the military in an effort to reach soldiers and family members who might not otherwise seek help for post-traumatic stress or other psychological disorders.  Participants get transferred to a counselor if they are suicidal or want to talk to a live person. The phone number is operated around the clock: 1-877-877-3647.

Helpline for Iraqi War Veterans
This helpline helps connects veterans with services, 1-888-LinkVet.

Webpage for Returning Vets
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's website  has launched a webpage for millitary families. The page provides information on prevention, treatment, and recovery support for mental illness and substance abuse.

Hope for Recovery: Minnesota's Adult Mental Health Resource Guide (Sept. 2016) - This resource guide provides a variety of highly useful information for navigating the mental health care system and finding the right services, contacts and supports. Download, here.

Recovery from Chemical Dependency and Mental Health Issues
Start Your Recovery website provides information on getting help for a family member, friend, spouse or yourself.

Helpful Links to Services

Minnesota Veterans One Stop Website   

Soldier Support Foundation  

Real Warriors – Real Battles – Real Strength

Vet Connection Groups

If you are interested in forming a Vet Connection support group, contact Morgan Caldwell mcaldwell@namimn.org.

NAMI Video Helps Families of Returning Soldiers
NAMI Minnesota and Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) collaborated on a video to help families called, "Coming Home: Supporting Your Soldier." The program has aired many times on TPT and is also available in DVD or VHS. Contact the NAMI office to order.  What they are saying: "Cheers to you again for producing something so powerful for people in the community." The program will also be aired on public TV statewide several more times throughout the year.

"Give an Hour" Program Helps Returning Vets
For services, go to www.giveanhour.org to locate a provider near you. If no provider is available, contact Give an Hour at info@giveanhour.org and a provider will be located. Mental health professionals willing to give an hour of their time each week for a minimum of one year can also go to the same link listed above.