Mental Health Resources for Military Dependents

Your well-being and mental health is, and will always be, important.

As a military dependent, you face hardships and struggles unique to the lifestyle, and finding resources on your own can seem overwhelming.

That is why I have complied this list!

Here you will find crisis hotlines, apps, websites, and other resources available to you as a military dependent.


Crisis Hotlines

For immediate mental help, use one of these hotlines.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline – This hotline is a free, 24/7 suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis.

Military Crisis LineThis free hotline is designed for all service members, veterans, and their family and friends. You can call, text, or chat online, and they service both CONUS and OCONUS.

Crisis Text Line – Text “Hello” to 741741 to connect for free to a crisis counselor for resources and help.

Psychological Health Resource Center – This free hotline is an excellent resource related to combat, reintegration, types of treatment, how to receive treatment, and other military-related mental health topics.


Tricare

Tricare covers many different forms of treatment for mental health. (see the full list here)

Some of the treatments covered include psychotherapy (aka talk therapy), family therapy, and eating disorder treatment.

Regardless of it you have Tricare Prime or Select, you do NOT need a referral to see a therapist, counselor, or psychiatrist.


Websites

AfterDeployment – This is designed to provide wellness support for families and service members after a deployment, and the common issues that arise.

Moving Forward – This is a free educational program to help you better handle life’s challenges.

National Institute of Mental Health – This provides information of a variety of mental health issues.

Military OneSource – This website is a comprehensive resource for all things military.


Apps

Headspace – This mindfulness and meditation app usually costs $95.88, but through Blue Star Families, you can get it for FREE.

Spiritune – This app delivers scientifically-informed music solutions to help manage emotional health through music therapy. Usually costing $299, you can get this app for FREE through Blue Star Families.


Mindfully Well resources

Workshops – Overwhelmed, invalidated, and going through the motions day by day? Take back control of your life with our Virtual Self-Care Workshop! Become empowered and connected to your true self with meaningful actions in a self-care plan that works for you!

Mental Health Workbooks – Inspired by Dialectical Behavioral Therapy strategies, the “Becoming Mindfully Well Mental Health Series,” provides you insight into your everyday challenges through self-discovery, self-care, and supports you along your own journey to becoming mindfully well (For kids, teens, and adults).

Self-Care Boxes – Simplify Self-Care by finding comfort and play in small, every day activities that meet your needs, replenish your energy, and reconnect your mind, body, and soul (for kids, teens, and adults).


Screenings

Mental Health America has a mental health test you can take for free to screen yourself for symptoms of mental health conditions.


If you need some more support, I wrote an entire book for YOU 🤍

Trust me, military life from the perspective of a loved one or spouse is overwhelming,

I want you to feel validated, seen & heard. You are not alone.

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