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Behavioral Health Resources and Information

ODVA encourages anyone in need of assistance to talk with friends and family, reach out to battle buddies, connect with a peer-to-peer network, or sign up for mental health services. Trained counselors and outreach staff, many of whom are veterans themselves, are experienced and prepared to discuss the tragedies of war, loss, grief, and transition after trauma.

Resources for Veterans, Family, and Caregivers




The federal VA has put together a four-part series about Afghanistan veterans and how they can get help through the VA. 

Topics include reconciling service in Afghanistan, lessons and support from those who served in Vietnam, the roles spouses and caregivers play, and resources available for PTSD.

While this series is focused on Afghanistan veterans, the information in this series applies to all who served.

Read the Series

Hotlines

  • Veterans Crisis Line - If you are having thoughts of suicide, call 1-800-273-8255 (veterans PRESS 1), text 838255 or chat online at www.veteranscrisisline.net. For emergency mental health care, you can also go directly to your local VA medical center 24/7 regardless of your discharge status or enrollment in other VA health care.
  • The Independence Line - Veterans, Afghans or their families who need assistance due to the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan are eligible for help from the Independence Line – a new call center launched by The Independence Fund and Loyal Source. The call center is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. ET. Call 1-855-341-5456.
  • VA Women Veterans Call Center - Call or text 1-855-829-6636 (M-F 8AM – 10PM & SAT 8AM – 6:30PM ET)
  • VA Caregiver Support Line - Call 1-855-260-3274 (M-F 8AM – 10PM & SAT 8AM – 5PM ET)
  • Safe + Strong Crisis helplines - List of crisis, state and local helplines. Visit www.safestrongoregon.org.
  • Lines for Life Military Helpline - Call 888-457-4838 (24/7/365), Text MIL1 to 839863 Monday-Friday, 2-6pm PT.  Support for service members, veterans, and their families that is independent of any branch of the military or government. Visit www.linesforlife.org/mhl.
  • Senior Loneliness Line - This free service is designed for adults 55 and older who may be isolated or lonely. Visit seniorlonelinessline.org or call 503-200-1633.
  • The Trevor Project - The Trevor Project is the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning) young people (24/7/365). Call 1-866-488-7386, text 'START' to 678-678, or chat online at thetrevorproject.org/get-help.

Community and Statewide Resources

  • Oregon Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence - Community-based advocacy, legal assistance programs, and shelters are still offering services during this time. Some services may look different. Visit www.ocadsv.org.
  • CBIRT - The Center for Brain Injury Research & Training (CBIRT), a center under the Department of Psychology at the University of Oregon, conducts research and training to improve the lives of children and adults with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Visit cbirt.org.
  • Project ABLE - Offering Peer Delivered Services in Marion, Polk, and Yamhill Counties
  • Dual Diagnosis Anonymous - Culturally responsive DDA’s veterans meetings are intended to provide a safe venue to be open about depression, post-traumatic stress, alcohol and drug use, abuse, and addiction as well as serve as a resource for navigation of the telehealth system. Visit ddainc.org/dda-veterans-page.
  • Cedar Hills Hospital Military Program - Since 2009 Cedar Hills has provided specialized, inpatient programs carefully designed to meet the unique needs of our military including active duty, retired and their family members. Visit cedarhillshospital.com/treatment-services/the-military-program.
  • NAMI Multnomah - NAMI Multnomah provides free, peer-led education programs, support groups, and advocacy initiatives that actively support community mental health. Veteran specific programming for veterans, families, caregivers, and friends of Veterans and military service members with mental health differences is also available. Visit www.namimultnomah.org.
  • Central Oregon Veterans Ranch - A working ranch that restores purpose and spirit to veterans of all ages. Visit www.covranch.org.
  • Native American Rehabilitation Association of the Northwest, Inc. (NARA) - The mission of NARA is to provide education, physical and mental health services and substance abuse treatment that is culturally appropriate to American Indians, Alaska Natives and anyone in need. Visit www.naranorthwest.org.
  • The Shield - Providing mental health services to Central Oregon veterans and first responders. Visit shieldcentraloregon.org.

Oregon Licensed Behavioral Health Providers

While there are more licensed behavioral health providers in Oregon than those listed below, those listed have veterans on staff or have staff trained in military cultural competency.

  • Symmetry Care (Portland Metro, Burns) 541-573-8376
  • Cascadia Behavioral Health (Portland) 503-988-4888
  • Yamhill Health & Human Services Options (Grants Pass, Medford) 844-842-8200
  • Community Counseling Solutions (Morrow, Wheeler, Gilliam, Grant, Umatilla counties) 541-676-9161
  • Wellness Through Horses (Bend) 541-815-0203
  • Deschutes County Health Services (Bend, LaPine, Redmond) 541-322-7500
  • BestCare Treatment Services (Madras) 541-475-6575
  • Still Serving Counseling & Services, LLC (Bend) 541-728-2018  
  • Mid Columbia Center for Living (Hood River, The Dalles) 888-877-9147
  • Options for Southern Oregon (Grants Pass, Medford) 541-476-2373
  • Native American Rehabilitation Association (Portland) 503-224-1044
  • New Directions Northwest Walk-in Clinic (Baker City) 541-523-7400
  • Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness (Enterprise) 503-397-5211
  • Columbia Community Mental Health (St. Helens) 503-782-4499

Federal VA Resources

  • Resources for Afghanistan Veterans and Families - The federal VA has assembled resources, call center information, peer support, and other community services at blogs.va.gov.
  • Vet Centers - Discuss how you feel with other Veterans in these community-based counseling centers. 70% of Vet Center staff are Veterans. Call 1-877-927-8387 or find one near you.
  • VA’s Self-Help Apps - Downloadable tools to help deal with common reactions like, stress, sadness, and anxiety. You can also track your symptoms over time. 
  • VA Mental Health Services Guide - This guide will help you sign up and access mental health services. 
  • Make The Connection - Information, resources, and Veteran to Veteran videos for challenging life events and experiences with mental health issues at www.maketheconnection.net.
  • National Center for PTSD - Resources for veterans, healthcare providers, families and friends at www.ptsd.va.gov

National Resources

  • NAMI - The National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Visit nami.org.
  • SAMHSA SMVF - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA's) Service Members, Veterans, and their Families Technical Assistance Center (SMVF TA Center) serves as a national resource to support states, territories, and local communities in strengthening their capacity to address the behavioral health needs of military and veteran families. Visit www.samhsa.gov/smvf-ta-center.
  • Together We Served - Find your battle buddies through unit pages at join.togetherweserved.com/va.
  • RallyPoint - The social network by, for, and about service members and veterans is at www.rallypoint.com.
  • Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) - Since 1994, TAPS has provided comfort and hope 24/7 through a national peer support network and connection to grief resources, all at no cost to surviving families and loved ones. Visit www.taps.org.
  • American Red Cross Military Veteran Caregiver Network – The Military and Veteran Caregiver Network (MVCN) offers peer-based support and services to connect those providing care to service members and veterans living with wounds, illnesses, injuries and/or aging at www.redcross.org.
  • Elizabeth Dole Foundation Hidden Heroes - Join the community at hiddenheroes.org/join-our-community or call 202-249-7170.
  • Wounded Warrior Project - Need someone to talk to? Connect with your peers. Call 888.WWP.ALUM (997.2586) or visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
  • Blue Star Families - Blue Star Families empowers military and veteran families to thrive by connecting them with their civilian neighbors - both people and organizations - to create strong communities of mutual support. Visit bluestarfam.org.

Find Your Local Vet Center And Community Clinic

Vet Centers and Community Based Outpatient Clinics offering local mental health and wellness services are listed below.

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