Mental Health Support for Families Dealing with Mental Health Issues - New York/New Jersey VA Health Care Network
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New York/New Jersey VA Health Care Network

 

Mental Health Support for Families Dealing with Mental Health Issues

Support for Families Dealing with Mental Health Issues

  military family in therapy
 
To learn more about mental illnesses, treatments and local resources, visit these links: 
gray arrow Mental Health America *
gray arrow National Alliance on Mental Illness *
gray arrow National Center for PTSD
gray arrow Do’s and Don’ts in Helping Your Family Member or Loved One *
Additional Resources: 
gray arrow Crisis and Suicide Prevention *
gray arrow The Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24-hours a day:
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
gray arrow New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence *
gray arrow National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE
gray arrow New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-942-6906
TTY: 1-800-818-0656
Spanish language:
1-800-942-6908
gray arrow New York State
Elder Abuse Hotline:
1-800-342-9871
Spanish language
TTY: 1-800-780-7660
gray arrow New York State Child Protective Services Hotline:
1-800-342-3720
Confidential, free workshops on mental health are available to family and friends of Veterans.

These workshops can help families cope with emotional problems due to trauma, readjustment, mental illness and stress.

These are some educational workshops that are available at the different VISN 2 VA Medical Centers: 

  • What Causes Mental Illness
  • Empowering Your Loved One on the Journey
        of Recovery
  • Dealing with the Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness
  • Depression/Bipolar Disorder & Family Impact
  • PTSD & Family Impact
  • Schizophrenia & Family Impact
  • Communication Tips for Families
  • Limit Setting and Boundaries with Family Members
  • Problem-Solving Skills for Families
  • Creating a Low-Stress Environment and
        Minimizing Crisis
  • Taking Care of Yourself/Stress Management
  • What I Can Do When She/He is Angry or Violent
  • Common Family Reactions to Mental Illness
  • Skills for Managing Stress Effectively as a
        Family Member
  • What To Do When Help is Turned Away
  • Do's and Don’ts in Helping Your Family Member
  • Rights and Responsibilities of Consumers,
        Family Members and Professionals
  • What We Tell Our Children and Other People

For more information on the specific workshops that will be available in your area, contact your local VISN 2 VA Medical Center.

Albany - (518) 626-5347
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Bath - (607) 664-4319
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Buffalo - (716) 862-7473
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Canandaigua - (585) 393-8095
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Syracuse - (315) 425-4400 Ext. 51009
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