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If you're struggling emotionally or thinking about suicide, help is available:

Monday-Friday 8:30 AM - 5 PM
FSU Counseling Center
508-626-4640

After hours & on the weekends/holidays:
Advocates Psychiatric
Emergency Services
508-872-3333

24 hours/day:
Samaritans 24-hour
Suicide Prevention Helpline
617-247-0220

National Suicide
Prevention Helpline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)

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Veterans can receive counseling services through non-profit Outreach Centers, VA-funded Vet Centers, and VA medical facilities in Massachusetts.

The VA’s Office of Mental Health Services mission is to maintain and improve the health and well-being of veterans through excellence in health care, social services, education, and research.

Overview
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) provides specialty inpatient and outpatient mental health services at its medical centers and community-based outpatient clinics. In addition, readjustment counseling services are available for veterans and their families at Vet Centers across the nation. All mental health care provided by VHA supports recovery, striving to enable a person with mental health challenges to live a meaningful life in their community and achieve full potential. Treatment options include:

  • Inpatient Care
  • Residential Care
  • Outpatient Mental Health Care
  • Homeless Programs
  • Programs for Incarcerated Veterans
  • Specialized PTSD Services
  • Military Sexual Trauma
  • Psychosocial Rehabilitation & Recovery Services
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Suicide Programs
  • Geriatrics
  • Violence Prevention
  • Evidence Based Psychotherapy Programs
  • Mental Health Disaster Response/Post Deployment Activities

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Bereavement Counseling at Vet Centers

Vet Centers in Massachusetts

List of Outreach Center Providers

Women's Integrated Treatment and Recovery Program

Women Veterans' Network

Give an Hour

Relationship Strengthening Programs for Veterans

Military Sexual Trauma

Suicide Prevention


Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is a psychiatric disorder that can occur following the experience or witnessing of life-threatening events such as military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or violent personal assaults like rape. People who suffer from PTSD often relive the experience through nightmares and flashbacks, have difficulty sleeping, and feel detached or estranged, and these symptoms can be severe enough and last long enough to significantly impair the person’s daily life.
PTSD is marked by clear biological changes as well as psychological symptoms. PTSD is complicated by the fact that it frequently occurs in conjunction with related disorders such as depression, substance abuse, problems of memory and cognition, and other challenges of physical and mental health. PTSD is also associated with impairment of the person’s ability to function in social or family life, including occupational instability, marital problems and divorces, family discord, and difficulties in parenting.

Where to Get Help

National Center for PTSD
http://www.ptsd.va.gov

Women’s Health Sciences Division (116B-3)
VA Boston Healthcare System
150 South Huntington Street
Boston MA 02130
857-364-4145
Fax: 617-278-4515
http://ncptsd.va.gov/ncmain/about/divisions/womens_health/

Bereavement Counseling

What is Bereavement Counseling?

Bereavement counseling is assistance and support to people with emotional and psychological stress after the death of a loved one. Bereavement counseling includes a broad range of transition services, including outreach, counseling, and referral services to family members provided at community-based Vet Centers (see below) located throughout the state. There is no cost for bereavement counseling.

Vet Centers in Massachusetts

Vet Centers provide quality readjustment services in a caring manner, assisting veterans and their family members toward a successful post-war adjustment in or near their respective communities. All services are free-of-charge to eligible veterans, their families, and significant others.

Boston Vet Center
665 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02215
617-424-0665

Brockton Vet Center
1041L Pearl St.
Brockton, MA 02301
508-580-2730

Lowell Vet Center
73 East Merrimack St.
Lowell, MA 08152
978-453-1151

New Bedford Vet Center
468 North St.
New Bedford, MA 02740
508-999-6920

Springfield Vet Center
1985 Main St.
Northgate Plaza
Springfield, MA 01103
413-737-5167

Worcester Vet Center
597 Lincoln St.
Worcester, MA 01605
508-856-7456
 

List of Outreach Service Providers
 
Outreach Centers are non-profit organizations that contract through DVS to assist veterans and their families with a range of services. Services vary by location and can include: assistance and referrals to obtain federal and state veterans' benefits; counseling services; food pantry and clothing closets; transportation services; and community activities may also be available.

For a listing of state-wide outreach centers, click here


Women's Integrated Treatment and Recovery Program

This treatment program is designed to help women veterans who have both Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and a Substance Use Disorder (SUD).To learn more about this program, contact:

Sharon Baker, Ph.D.
Women's Integrated Treatment and Recovery Program
An affiliation of the National Center for PTSD
VA Boston Healthcare System
Brockton Campus
940 Belmont St.
Brockton, MA 02301
774-826-1833

Women Veterans' Network

The Women Veterans' Network has a database of 13,000 women veterans who receive a biannual newsletter with information on benefits, programs, and events for women veterans. To receive the newsletter, please use the contact below.

Women Veterans' Network
600 Washington St., Suite 1100
Boston, MA 02111
617-210-5778
Fax: 617-210-5755
DVSWomen@vet.state.ma.us

Give an Hour

Give an Hour is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing free mental health services to military personnel and their families. Those who receive services and care from Give an Hour will then be given the opportunity to give back to their own communities.
www.giveanhour.org

Relationship Strengthening Programs for Veterans

The National Center for PTSD, located at the VA Boston Healthcare System, has programs to help veterans strengthen their personal relationships. Participation in the program is confidential and involves: weekly group meetings that last 2 hours each (for 10 or 12 weeks, depending on the group) and 3 or 4 visits for 2-3 hours each to fill out questionnaires. Participants will be paid for their time.

Contact the outreach coordinator for Strength at Home:

Sarah Krill, National Center for PTSD
Strength at Home
857-364-4173
sarah.krill@va.gov
http://www.strengthathome.com


Military Sexual Trauma

Military sexual trauma (MST) is the term used to refer to sexual assault or repeated, threatening sexual harassment that occurred while the veteran was in the military. Both men and women can experience MST during their service.

What Is Military Sexual Trauma?

Military sexual trauma (MST) is the term that the Department of Veterans Affairs uses to refer to sexual assault or repeated, threatening sexual harassment that occurred while the veteran was in the military. It includes any sexual activity where someone is involved against his or her will--he or she may have been pressured into sexual activities (for example, with threats of negative consequences for refusing to be sexually cooperative or with implied faster promotions or better treatment in exchange for sex), may have been unable to consent to sexual activities (for example, when intoxicated), or may have been physically forced into sexual activities. Other experiences that fall into the category of MST include unwanted sexual touching or grabbing; threatening, offensive remarks about a person’s body or sexual activities; and/or threatening or unwelcome sexual advances.

Both women and men can experience MST during their service. All veterans seen at VA health facilities are asked about experiences of sexual trauma because any type of trauma can affect a person’s physical and mental health, even many years later.

Learn More
More background information about MST is available in this VA document, Military Sexual Trauma, or contact one of the Vet Centers listed below:

Vet Centers

Boston Vet Center
Dorothy Smith, MST Therapist
617-424-0665

Brockton Vet Center
Bonnie Roessner, MST Therapist
774-826-2552

Springfield Vet Center
Maria Cerniauskas-Upton, MST Therapist
413-737-5167

VA Medical Centers
Every VA hospital has an MST Coordinator who serves as a point of contact for veterans and staff.

Bedford VAMC
Lorae D. Phelan, MST Coordinator
781-687-3592

VA Boston Healthcare System
Sofia Reddy, MST Coordinator
774-826-1303

Northampton VAMC
Dana Weaver, MST Coordinator
413-582-3031

Suicide Prevention

Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline

1-800-273-TALK, Veterans Press 1

The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has founded a national suicide prevention hotline to ensure veterans in emotional crisis have free, 24/7 access to trained counselors. To operate the Veterans Hotline, the VA partnered with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Veterans can call the Lifeline number, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), and press "1" to be routed to the Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline.

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