Any Wisconsin resident who served, or is currently serving, in any branch of the United States Armed Forces and their family members are welcome to call the Warmline for non-crisis support provided by trained Veteran Peer Support Specialists. Callers will call the Warmline at 262-336-9540 and leave a message with their name, county, military connection, and a call back number. Calls will be promptly returned by Veteran Peer Support Specialists to provide person-centered, strengths-based support and advise callers on appropriate referrals.
 
MakeTheConnection.net:  On online resource designed to connect Veterans, their family members and friends, and other supporters with information, resources, and solutions to issues affecting their lives. The website can be used to discover information and Veteran's stories of recovery tailed to you. In addition to powerful stories, MakeTheConnection.net provides information about life experiences you can relate to. You also can explore information about signs, symptoms, and conditions that are related to mental health and well-being.

Veterans Crisis Line: The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available.

QPR for Vets: The core training is QPR Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention customized for those helping vets. It is also specifically designed to help veteran peer counselors to help their fellow veterans. QPR is listed in the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices: www.nrepp.samhsa.gov.  This course may be approved for Continuing Education Credits for most professions. 

Virtual Hope Box: One of the key approaches in treating people who are depressed and thinking about suicide is to help them come up with reasons to go on living. One of the ways that mental health specialists have traditionally done this is to work with their patients to create a “hope box”—a collection of various items that remind the patients that their lives are meaningful and worth living. The National Center for Telehealth and Technology has designed a “virtual hope box,” a smartphone app that allows the patient to keep all those reasons for living close by at all times.

Cover Me Vets: Cover Me Veterans™ seeks to intervene in the act of suicide by placing a personally relevant and meaningful image on an individual’s firearm.This powerful reminder will strongly encourage the Veteran to think twice before ending his or her life. Cover Me Veterans™ will provide service members with the opportunity to have a relevant and meaningful image placed on their firearm free of charge.

VA Community Provider Toolkit: Community providers play an essential role in ensuring America’s Veterans receive the support they have earned. The purpose of this toolkit is to link community providers with information and resources that are relevant to Veteran’s health and well-being. This toolkit supports the behavioral health and wellness of Veterans receiving services outside the VA health care system. Resources include information on screening for military service, handouts and trainings to increase knowledge about military culture and mini-clinics focused on relevant aspects of behavioral health and wellness.

Serving Veterans: A Resource Guide The SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions developed this guide for primary and behavioral healthcare professionals serving veterans and their families. All of these resources and more are available from CIHS’ website at www.integration.samhsa.gov.

Dryhootch An organization formed by Veterans to insure our newest generation of warriors and their families get the support they deserve. Provides peer support, outreach, legal help, help for families, mobile tools, support groups and more.

Behavioral Health Issues Among Afghanistan and Iraq U.S. War Veterans  A brief from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) Summer 2012

Wisconsin County Veterans Service Offices and Tribal Veterans Services: The County Veterans Service Officers Asociation of Wisconsin (CVSO) is an organization of professional veterans advocates. In Wisconsin the CVSO plays a critical role in the veteran's advocacy system and is often the initial contact in the community for veteran’s services. The CVSO provides a vital and efficient system of services and advocacy to veterans, their dependents, and survivors.

Wisconsin Military Family Assistance Centers:  When a loved one is deployed, the entire community of family members, friends and neighbors is affected. The Military Family Assistance Centers (FACs) focus is to provide family members information on entitlements and benefits available to them through referrals for assistance. The FACs were formed to assist families of service members with issues that may arise while the service member is deployed. They provide information sources for a variety of services which the service members and their families may utilize before, during, and following a deployment.

 Transgender American Veterans Association The Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA) is a grassroots organization that advocates for the equality of transgender veterans and active duty service members to receive fair and equal treatment in areas such as healthcare, benefits, and open transgender military service. TAVA helps veterans change their name and gender within the Department of Veteran affairs, update their DD 214 name and characterization of discharge, and provide services such as our transgender support locator, which offers local support for transgender persons. TAVA is committed to equal rights for all veterans. 

VA Health Care Fact Sheets- 

Understanding Child Suicide for Military Parents: A Factsheet This guide from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network offers military parents information about military youth suicide. This fact sheet includes information about suicide and military youth, how to talk to your child about suicide, warning signs that your child may be experiencing suicidal thoughts and helpful responses by age group, as well as evidence-based treatments for suicidal youth, and how to address your needs as a parent.

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