If you or a veteran you know is struggling with mental health issues, there are several resources you can contact for help. Veterans services representatives can also help you find the best resource that meets your needs.
Veterans and service members can get help from specially trained veterans for a range of issues, including mental health, transitioning back to civilian life and coping with loss.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free, confidential support. Call 1-800-273-8255 or visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline's veterans page for more information.
Mental health crisis
Veterans who need help with mental health issues or are experiencing a mental health crisis can receive assistance from Community Outreach for Psychiatric Emergencies (COPE). COPE professionals are available to manage the immediate crisis and provide a clinical assessment in person or via the phone at 612-596-1223.
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.
Hennepin County Veterans Court
Hennepin County's Veterans Court serves veterans struggling with addiction, serious mental illness and/or co-occurring disorders.