• Loneliness: Shining a spotlight on an enduring epidemic

    Loneliness can be a risk factor for dementia, stroke and heart disease. It also can increase risk of depression, anxiety and substance abuse.

  • Inclusion of gender identity in medical record a welcome change

    VA is including gender identifiers and preferred names in medical records. It's a welcome change for transgender and gender diverse Veterans.

  • A caregiver’s letter to her fellow caregivers

    Lou Anne Bates is the caregiver for her husband, an […]

  • Let’s talk about substance use

    VA has many treatment options to help Veterans recover from substance use. Here are valuable links to information and programs.

  • VA: Reduce BZD prescriptions from community providers

    VA wants to reduce BZD prescriptions to senior Veterans. A study shows the need to monitor the use of Medicare Part D prescriptions.

  • Reminding maternity Veterans they are not alone

    Gulf Coast VA’s Women Veterans Program hosted drive-thru baby showers at community-based outpatient clinics for currently pregnant women Veterans or those who have delivered in the past year.

  • Prioritize your mental health with help from VA

    To give the important aspects of your life your all and be the best version of yourself, you must make your mental health a priority. VA has resources to help Veterans manage their mental health.

  • VA genetics program aims to increase mental health treatments for Veterans

    Leaders of the Million Veteran Program (MVP) are addressing this gap through a new initiative called MVP MIND. It will survey 50,000 new participants with serious mental health conditions about their experiences. MVP officials believe such efforts will lead to more powerful research into these issues and better treatments.

  • Why I get my health care at VA: Brandon

    Brandon joined the Marine Corps in 2001 and deployed to Iraq. Like many Veterans, he brought the war home with him. He used alcohol to cope but with help from VA he’s turned his life around.

  • Annie’s Coping During COVID messages help manage stress during pandemic

    Annie is VA’s automated text messaging program that sends information and self-care reminders. There are many types of Annie text messages and they work on any cellphone with texting capabilities.

  • Moving forward with stress management

    Navy Veteran John Leaf experienced a lot of stress in Vietnam. He dealt with it over the years by throwing himself into his work and looking for something to hide his stress. He found help at VA.

  • In tough times, call on VA for mental health support

    The Executive Director, Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, […]

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