Mental Health First Aid Resources #
For the military, veterans and their families: click here.
Local Services #
New Vitae Wellness and Recovery’s Veteran Services: Their veterans services are located principally in the Quakertown area. Recently, it acquired the Mitchell Clinic in Emmaus. According to its literature, New Vitae offers comprehensive behavioral health services and supportive residential opportunities to veterans who experience long term challenges with recovery goals. Physicians, therapists, mentors and other staff with experience of service in the armed forces coordinate holistic and individualized services within its continuum of care and are responsive to the unique needs of veterans. The services are trauma-informed and person-centered in order to promote progress toward each veteran’s personal goals. As such, it is a resource for:
- Homeless Veterans
- Veterans Courts
- Veterans on assisted living wait lists
- Veterans in domiciliary care
- Veterans in transitional housing programs
- Veterans experiencing behavioral health concerns
- Veterans experiencing behavioral health challenges secondary to early onset dementia and/or memory loss and polytrauma
- Veterans experiencing addiction struggles
- Veterans interested in community reintegration (whatever that means)
- VA Mental Health Treatment Coordinators (MHTC)
- Mental Health Intensive Case Managers (MHICM)
Behavioral Health Self-Assessment #
If you, your family or a friend is still unprepared to admit help is needed, these tools may assist in arriving at a decision to talk to someone – though a professional will be ultimately required for treatment.
DoD Psychological Fitness (formerly AfterDeployment): #
Telephone: 1-800-273-8255, Select Option #1
Live Chat: https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/get-help/military-crisis-line
Remarks: This is a Department of Defense (DoD) product. It is a feature-rich, internet-based wellness resource focused on helping service members, their families, and veterans with common post-deployment concerns. Emphases include pre-clinical self-care solutions, anonymous self-assessments, mobile applications, and also the use of social media, such as blogs and forums, with the intention of establishing an online community. Has a primitive service locator (See below for others.). [The former Military Pathways website has been rolled into this one.]
Make the Connection: #
Remarks: A Department of Veterans Affairs product which can be customized, it focuses on mental/behavioral health, including PTSD. It is intended to be a one-stop resource for military, veterans and their families and friends to privately explore. Through the testimonials of others who have similar experiences, videos, checklists, identification of symptoms, it seeks to get the veteran to seek treatment.
Help Yourself. Help Others: #
Remarks: Produced by SMH (Screening for Mental Health, Inc.), it is a thorough site which provides anonymous, self-assessments for depression, bipolar disorder, alcohol use, post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, etc. for college students, military members and veterans and their families, and the general public. Gives referral information to services. etc.
For More Information #
LVMAC publishes a booklet entitled the “Veterans and Families’ Guide to Recovering From PTSD” written by Stephanie Laite Lanham which was at one time produced by the Military Order of the Purple Heart for the use of VA Veterans Centers. It is available upon request at no charge to Lehigh Valley military veterans and their families. Its primary purpose is to educate the veteran’s family about PTSD and also provide useful resources brought down to the local level as much as possible (in the resource guide in the back) such as such as local crisis hotlines (for emergencies), lines to help (for non-emergencies), support groups, locator services, and additional readings for families (including children) and for medical professionals.
Last Updated: 20 June 2022 (link updates)