Answering the challenges that the state’s military service members, veterans and their families face, Oregon Partnership has added a groundbreaking Military Helpline to its crisis lines services.
OP will utilize its years of knowledge and expertise in dealing with confidential crisis intervention and sensitivity to military issues.
The new Military Helpline bridges the access-to-service gap that many of these Oregonians face, especially after returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Suicide and mental health issues are at record levels among American soldiers – in the war zone and after returning home. The six months after soldiers come back to their families is a “window of risk” for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other mental health issues.
“Over the past year, we’ve gotten calls from some 1,200 veterans on our crisis lines,” says David Corse, OP Crisis Lines Operations Director. “But that’s the tip of the iceberg. With our new line, we can reach out to Oregon National Guard Members, veterans and others and let them know we’re here for them.”
888-HLP-4-VETS OR 888-457-4838
That’s the number to call.
After experiencing war, getting on with their lives at home can be overwhelming for returning soldiers and their families. Encountering obstacles to accessing services for mental health issues, substance abuse and suicide intervention only adds to their difficult challenges.
Barriers to accessing services could include concerns about confidentiality, lack of knowledge about services eligibility with the VA and elsewhere, and reluctance to reach for help with a military culture for fear of being perceived as week.
In recent months, several thousand Oregon soldiers have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Military Helpline serves its callers 24-hours a day providing:
*Immediate mental health assistance and service referrals in addition to suicide crisis intervention from a team of military veterans and trained volunteer crisis workers.
*Direction from an experienced team of clinical and operations professionals.
*Specialized referrals to services provided by the VA, vet centers, and reintegration teams, as well as to a myriad of community based services.
Founded in 1993, Oregon Partnership is a 501-3c non-profit organization whose mission is to end substance abuse and suicide.
OP is the state’s leading non-profit organization that promotes healthy communities through drug and alcohol awareness, prevention programs, and 24-hour crisis lines for treatment referral, crisis counseling, and suicide intervention.
OP’s crisis lines are now receiving more than 35-thousand calls annually,
To learn more, visit www.orpartnership.org