If you’re a veteran struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, thoughts of suicide, substance misuse or any other mental or substance use concerns, help is available.
The 211 database lists many Veteran outpatient clinics, many of which support mental health needs. You’ll also find a list of reintegration counseling providers and veteran support groups in Maryland.
You can call 211 and Press 1 to speak to a Crisis Specialist 24/7/365. It’s free and confidential. You can also text your Zip code to 898-211 or chat online.
Support is also available through the Veterans Crisis Line. It connects veterans and their families and friends to caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many are also veterans. Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1. You can also chat online.
If you are concerned about your safety or the safety of a loved one, learn about signs of depression or suicide.
Call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24/7/365.
Maryland Commitment To Veterans
Veterans can also get support through Maryland’s Commitment to Veterans (MCV). Resource coordinators work with veterans and family members to access essential services through the VA system or private providers. These services can include crisis intervention, emergency services, substance misuse, family & group counseling, and other behavioral health services.
In addition, the program works with veterans who are ineligible for VA services, assisting them in getting their behavioral health needs met.
Call the toll-free number at 1-877-770-4801.
MVC Support Line
For ongoing support, MVC offers Operation Roll Call. It’s a free, opt-in telephone service that connects Marylanders who served in the military or are currently serving. Regional Resource Coordinators make weekly or biweekly calls to check on an individual’s well-being. Call 1-877-770-4801 to sign up.
Combat Call Line
If you or a family member needs to talk, the Combat Call Line also provides confidential support 24/7. You can talk about your military experience or other issue adjusting to civilian life. Combat veterans and their family members answer the phone.
Call 1-877-WAR-VETS to receive confidential support 24/7/365.
Caregiver Support Line
The Caregiver Support Line understands the amount of strain that caring for a veteran can put on you, both mentally and physically. Family members may suddenly become caregivers and may need support.
Call 855-260-3274 to speak to someone about your experience and find solutions.
Veteran Centers are one of the cornerstones of the mental health services offered through the Veterans Affairs to veterans and their families. Each center provides readjustment counseling, including family & group counseling, sexual trauma counseling, PTSD counseling, and any other mental health service you need to receive.
If you were in combat or experienced any sexual trauma during your military service, bring your DD214 to your local Veteran Center and speak with a counselor or therapist—many of whom are Veterans themselves—for free, without an appointment, and regardless of your enrollment status with VA. These centers are located across the state, and in some cases, transportation may be provided through your VA benefits.