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If you found your way to this site then it is possible that you or a family member may be suffering from signs of depression or from circumstances that have left you feeling "not right." We are glad you made your way here! At Military Spouses of Strength you will find a group of military spouses who have joined together for information, resources, support and strength!

This is a safe place that can be a support system to get you through the times when you feel alone and confused. Know that you are important and valuable, use this site as a place to lean on and the resources to aid you in your journey to recovery.  You are not alone, let us be there for you!

We want to hear from you! MSoS has created the first of it's kind anonymous survey and we what to hear from you! This survey will help us bring your concerns about mental health and the need of more support within the military spouse community. The data will be used to determine needs of the community and where MSoS might be able to provide programming in the future. MSoS survey will only take all of 5 minutes. Please take part our survey or share with other military spouses.

Rural Assistance Center: The Rural Assistance Center helps rural communities and other rural stakeholders access the full range of available health and human services programs, funding, and research. The website includes a “Returning Soldier and Veteran Health” section with a Frequently Asked Questions segment that is very informative.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network: This network was established to improve access to care, treatment, and service for traumatized children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events. It includes the Military Family Resource Area and Knowledge Bank, an online database of resources that provides access to information for military family members, mental health and medical providers, educators and others on the stressors facing military families and children.


Half of Us: Mental health issues are a reality for millions of people across the country. Young people are especially at risk, with half of college students reporting that they have been stressed to a point where they couldn’t function during the past year. The impact of mental illness is so devastating that suicide is the third leading cause of death among all people ages 15-24.


Half of Us, mtvU and The Jed Foundation aim to initiate a public dialogue to raise awareness about the prevalence of mental health issues and connect students to the appropriate resources to get help.


Guide to College Student Mental Health: A comprehensive guide to help college students identify common mental health disorders, their warning signs, when to seek treatment and how to manage them.


Suicide and Depression Awareness for Students: People contemplating suicide or experiencing the depths of a severe depression need to know they are not alone. From teenagers to college students, LGBT to the elderly, people struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts need options, reassurance, hope and help. 







MedlinePlus for Veterans and Military Health: This NIH website serves as a resource center for veterans seeking information on health issues suffered as a result of wartime. Also, see Veterans and Military Health.


How to Help Veterans & Their Families
(HRSA): Learn how you can help Veterans locate community health care facilities.


Veterans’ Health Activities (CDC): Find information on Vietnam and Gulf War health-related studies.
Women Veterans with Disabilities (WomensHealth.gov) Find information and resources for women Veterans with special needs.


National Center for PTSD (VA): Learn how to manage stress reactions following trauma with helpful PTSD coaching materials.


Military Families Page: This page is designed to help military families and veterans deal with behavioral health issues associated with military service. SAMHSA offers support through technical assistance for state, territory and tribal behavioral health systems serving service members, veterans and their families.


Veteran Crisis Line: Veterans in emotional crisis have free, 24/7 access to trained counselors. Veterans can call the Lifeline number, 1-800-273- TALK (8255), and press “1” to be routed to the veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline.


Women Veterans and Mental Health (WomensHealth.gov): Find information and resources on the special mental health needs of women Veterans.


HealthFinder.gov for Veterans and Military Health: This page includes A to Z searchable information from Suicide Prevention to Frequently Asked Questions about PTSD.


Help for Service Members, Veterans and Their Families: Current and former service members may face different mental health issues than the general public.


Achieving New Mental Health Treatment Goals for Veterans, Servicemembers and their Families: See recent blog posts about cross agency initiatives to improve access and invest in research to improve the science and understanding of mental health care and treatment for Veterans, service members and their families.

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REBOOT Combat Recovery: Helps military families heal from the spiritual wounds of war by facilitating 12-week combat trauma healing courses in 9 states (and growing).


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Eating with Mental Health in Mind

Websites


Air Force Suicide Prevention Program: Comprehensive program that seeks to reduce suicide for Air Force members. Interactive videos, printable tools, helpful agencies, and public service announcements make this site a valuable tool for Air Force families. 


Army Suicide Prevention: Interactive videos, and access to local suicide prevention and resilience programs and services.


Coast Guard: Counseling for Active Duty, civilian employees, members of the Selected Reserves, and family members. Also provides programming in health coaching, personal financial management services, home-life balance, and legal assistance.


Marine Corps: 24/7 counseling services to any Marine, attached sailor, and family members; peers that can help provide support through everyday lives. 


Navy: Families Overcoming Under Stress is a program that trains sailors and marines, their families, couples and children to teach strength-based resilience skills to meet challeges common throughout the military life. 


National Guard Bureau: NGB seeks to reduce suicide of all National Guard members. There are Senior Leadership interactions, a six-art series to increases resilience, and additional resources. 


Defense Suicide Prevention Office:  Website designed for all service members and their families. Information is provided regarding military suicide, there are links to resources, and suicide prevention websites. Additionally, there are downloadable and printable suicide prevention materials. 

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OUR MISSION:

Military Spouses of Strength is a national nonprofit organization with a mission

to improve the health and overall wellness within the military community.


Veterans Crisis Line 
In 2007, the Veterans Crisis Line has answered more than 1.86 million calls and made more than 50,000 lifesaving rescues. In 2009, the Veterans Crisis Line added an anonymous online chat service and has engaged in more than 240,000 chats. In November 2011, the Veterans Crisis Line introduced a text-messaging service to provide another way for Veterans to connect with confidential, round-the-clock support, and since then has responded to more than 39,000 texts.