Help is available for veterans with mental health needs. If you need assistance finding a resource, contact a veterans services representative at 612-348-3300.
Mental health crisis resources
Veterans do not need to be enrolled in the VA system to receive support during a mental health crisis.
Veterans Crisis Line
The Veterans Crisis Line provides 24/7, free, confidential support. Veterans can connect with a caring, qualified responder via phone, text or online chat.
- Phone: Dial 988 and press 1
- Text: 838255
- Chat online with a VA responder at the Veterans Crisis Line’s website.
- TTY users: Use your preferred relay service or dial 711 followed by 1-800-273-8255
Emergency suicide care and treatment
Free emergency care at VA and non-VA health care facilities is available for veterans in suicidal crisis. Veterans are encouraged to go to the nearest emergency department for immediate attention. Other costs may also be covered, including ambulance transportation and follow-up outpatient care for up to 90 days. Learn more and find out if you’re eligible.
Mental health crisis mobile team
Veterans who are experiencing a mental health crisis in Hennepin County can receive free assistance 24/7 from the Cope mobile crisis team. Responders may come to you and help manage an immediate crisis, then connect you to additional supports. Call Cope at 612-596-1223.
More information about Cope.
Veterans Administration resources
Community Resource and Referral Center
The Community Resource and Referral Center provides in-person care, counseling and rehabilitation for veterans struggling with serious mental health issues.
Veterans and their families face many adjustments upon returning from combat. Veteran centers offer individual and group counseling in areas such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), alcohol and drug assessment, and suicide prevention referrals. In addition to physical locations, mobile veteran center counselors and outreach workers offer these same services where you live or work. Find a location.
Minneapolis VA Health Care System
The Minneapolis VA Health Care System offers support and treatment for veterans who are experiencing challenges with mental health and addictions. Services are available at the Minneapolis VA and community clinics.
Military sexual trauma
Veterans who are experiencing mental and physical health issues related to sexual trauma that occurred while in the military can receive free and confident treatment from trained county staff. Military sexual trauma includes sexual assault, coercion or repeated threatening sexual harassment.
Staff can assist with filing a service-connected compensation claim through the Veterans Benefits Administration, as well as with sharing available counseling and treatment options through the VA Health Care network.