MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
Your local VA Clinic: Call your local VA clinic and make an appointment or talk a provider on the phone. Togus VA partners with NAMI has a monthly support group meeting. (207) 622-5757
The VA toll-free Veterans Crisis Line is also available 24/7. Pop these numbers into your phone because even if you don’t need them yourself, you may need them for a friend or loved one: 1-800-273-8255 (and press 1), or text 838255.
Veteran Centers: Located in Portland, Bangor, Lewiston, Caribou, and Sanford. Provides readjustment counseling for combat veterans, counseling for Military Sexual Trauma, and bereavement counseling.
Mental Health Care and Case Management: The Maine Bureau of Veterans Services and DHHS has made mental health care and case management more widely available and accessible for veterans and their families.
Easter Seals of Maine and Health Affiliates of Maine are both able to provide these services throughout the state, free of charge, no matter the discharge or type of service.
- Easter Seals Maine: 125 Presumpscot Street in Portland, 207-828-0754. Service areas in-clude Androscoggin, Cumberland, Han-cock, Penobscot and York Counties.
- Health Affiliates Maine: 306 Rodman Rd Auburn, 207-333-3278/ Their service areas include: Androscoggin, Franklin, Hancock, Kennebec, Know, Oxford, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Saga-dahoc, Somerset, York and Waldo Counties
Tri County Mental Health: Offer veteran counseling services. Office located in Lewiston, Bridgton, Oxford, Rumford, and Farmington. The Lewiston location also offers a Veteran Outreach Specialist who can help with navi-gating the system to retrieve paperwork, accessing benefits, and veteran’s court. You can call 1-888-304-4673 for more information.
- Suicide Prevention: Learn to Recognize the Signs
Veterans Crisis Line
If you are a Service member or Veteran in crisis or you’re concerned about one, there are specially trained responders ready to help you, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The Veterans Crisis Line connects Service members and Veterans in crisis, as well as their family members and friends, with qualified, caring VA responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text-messaging service.
- Dial 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 to talk to someone.
- Send a text message to 838255 to connect with a VA responder.
- Start a confidential online chat session at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat.
- Take a self-check quiz at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Quiz to learn whether stress and depression might be affecting you.
- Find a VA facility near you.
- Visit MilitaryCrisisLine.net if you are an active duty Service member, Guardsman, or Reservist.
- Connect through chat, text, or TTY if you are deaf or hard of hearing.
We can all help prevent suicide, but many people don’t know how to support the Veteran or Service member in their life who is going through a difficult time. A simple act of kindness can help someone feel less alone. Explore the #BeThere site for ways to show support.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Help for Family and Friends (National Center for PTSD)
- Partners of Veterans with PTSD Common Problems (National Center for PTSD)
- Peer Support Program Helps Veterans Combat PTSD
- PTSD Resources in Maine and Nationally
If you find yourself short on finances, here are some resources that might be able to lend a helping hand:
- Preble Street Veterans Housing Services – assistance in finding/maintaining stable housing, 207-956-6556, 1-800-377-5709, email@example.com
- Bureau of Veterans’ Services (Housing) reduced-cost housing for veterans and a special loan program from the Maine State Housing Authority, 207-430-6035
- York County Community Action, 207-324-5762
- Maine Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), 1-800-452-4668
- Maine Housing Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), 207-9626-4600, 1-800-452-4668
- Penquis (HEAP)
- Opportunity Alliance, 207-523-5049, 1-888-568-1112, they offer a live chat on their website for questions
- Project Grace for Scarborough residents
Helpline Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday mornings. 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. for Scarborough residents.
- 2-1-1 MAINE: Call 2.1.1. Maine for help finding resources in your area.
Bureau of Veterans’ Services (Financial Assistance), the website provides links to sever organizations that offer financial assistance and emergency funding
- Easterseals Military & Veteran Services, Veterans Emergency Financial Assistance Program (VEFAP Application), 207-828-0754
HOUSEHOLD GOODS, CLOTHING, AND OTHER NECESSITIES
- The freecycle network can be a really good way to find things that folks need.
There are different groups across the country I believe there is one in Biddeford as well as Portland/South Portland. People post things they are looking for and trying to give away. All of it is freely given…that is the rule of the group. Often you will find furniture on there.
- ST. Elizabeth’s Jubilee Center (Essentials Pantry), at St. Luke’s Cathedral, State St., Portland.
We provide items that cannot be purchased with federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) funds: Toilet paper, body soap, laundry detergent, infant diapers, feminine hygiene products, and adult incontinence products.We also provide donated housewares, clothing (men’s, women’s, children’s, baby, and maternity), shoes, children’s books, and toys so that the limited money of people living in need can go even further in their daily lives.We help people apply for jobs direct people to social service agencies in the area for other needs, and we offer donated winter jackets and boots during our cold Maine winters.We also have an active partnership with the service learning program of the Falmouth Public Schools. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
18 RESOURCES FOR VETERAN FAMILIES DURING AND AFTER DEPLOYMENT
Thanks to Kelli Brewer of DeployCare.org
- Career-Related Resources for our Veterans
- The HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing
- Step-by-Step Guide to the VA Loan Process
- VA Home Loan Calculator
- How to Use a Relocation Calculator
- How Much Do Home Packing Services Cost?
- Moving Companies That Offer Military Discounts
- Checklist for Getting Your House Ready to Sell
- Find Family Services and Resources Near You
- Military Buddy Finder from VetFriends.com
- Veteran Healthcare Resources
- How Do Medicare, Medicaid & VA Military Benefits Differ?
- Mental Health Resources for our Veterans Families
- Ways to Keep a Relationship Strong During Deployment and Separation
- Crucial Components to Highly Effective Deployment Communication
- International Phone Plan Options During Overseas Deployment
- Military Care Package Ideas: What To Put In A Care Package
- Post-Deployment Adjustments Military Couples Face