Mental and Behavioral Health


According to a recent study, veterans experience mental health disorders, substance use disorders, post-traumatic stress, and traumatic brain injury at higher rates compared to civilians. The latest data from the US Department of Veterans Affairs states that 6,261 veterans died of suicide in 2019, or 17.2 veterans a day.

The NYC Department of Veterans' Services (DVS) connects veterans to services that can help them manage mental and behavioral health challenges. Our mission is to introduce veterans to organizations and resources that can support their journey toward a healthy and purpose-driven life.

Connect to mental and behavioral health services by filling out the VetConnectNYC form and selecting "Mental/Behavioral Health" as your preferred service:

Request Services on VetConnectNYC

See below for a list of mental and behavioral health services:

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Coping Skills

In addition to counseling and peer support, coping strategies can help you manage mental health challenges. Click on the links below to find coping strategies for the following conditions:

Check-in Calls

Mission: VetCheck is an initiative that allows volunteers to make supportive check-in calls to New York City veterans. Volunteers provide veterans with vital information on essential public services, COVID-19 testing and vaccine information, and online mental health resources. (Please note Mission: VetCheck is not a mental health program but does make supportive calls to disconnected veterans who may be experiencing isolation.)

Counseling Services

  • Headstrong is treating current and new veteran clients online.
  • New York-Presbyterian Military Family Wellness Center offers telehealth services, individual therapy, group therapy, and couples therapy for veterans and their families.
  • NYU Steven Cohen Family Center provides free care for veterans and military families who are experiencing the long-term effects of military service.
  • Teacher's College Resilience Center for Veterans & Families pairs groundbreaking research on human emotional resilience with clinical training of therapists to assist veterans and their families as they transition back to civilian life
  • VA Vet Centers are community-based counseling centers that provide a wide range of social and psychological services, including professional readjustment counseling to eligible veterans, active duty service members, including National Guard and Reserve components, and their families.
  • Trauma and Resiliency Resources (TRR) provides free behavioral health services for combat veterans of all eras, a well as training for professionals. TRR's Warrior Camp is a weeklong, intensive, residential suicide prevention and trauma resolution program that utilizes a combination of evidence-based and complementary modalities with an emphasis on Military Moral Injury repair. During COVID-19, TRR has moved to digital services. More information is available on the TRR website.
  • For additional online counseling and therapy services designed for veterans, visit

Peer Support for Veterans

  • The Objective Zero app gives veterans access to mental health resources and a peer support network.
  • Vets4Warriors provides veterans, family members, and caregivers with 24/7 help from a confidential peer support network. Receive immediate, free, and long-term peer support through private chats, emails, phone, and text conversations.

Support Hotlines

  • NYC Well is a confidential helpline for mental health and substance abuse services. Trained counselors provide 24/7 support. To reach NYC Well, call 888-NYC-WELL or text WELL to 65173.
  • NY Project Hope provides support for those struggling with life during the pandemic. Call 844-863-9314.

Suicide Prevention

  • Visit the New York State Division of Veterans' Services' Governor's Challenge website for suicide prevention resources.
  • Stop Soldier Suicide connects veterans with a Wellness Coordinator who provides personalized attention and develops wellness plans that are customized to address a veteran's specific needs.

Mental Health Resources for Veterans with Illnesses