Veterans’ mental health during COVID-19

Veterans face unique mental health challenges and during COVID-19 many are needing additional support.

We talked with several experts on Facebook Live about resources for veterans, including details about a new Veterans Hospital Follow-Up Program. You’ll find more about the follow-up services by clicking here.

The experts included Corporal Tage Harding with the Marines, Yolanda Webb the Director for the Office of Adult, Aging and Disability Services, Cheri Skelding the Vice President of Clinical Operations for Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners, and 9Health Expert, Dr. Payal Kohli.

9Health Expert Dr. Payal Kohli explained, “We can also all learn from these heroes about fighting a war – we are in a war with COVID-19, staying centered during a crisis, and the importance of thinking of others’ lives.”

Click here to learn about the Veterans Community Living Centers in Colorado and ways to get support.

If you feel you or a loved one needs to talk to someone, contact Colorado Crisis Services by calling 1-844-493-8255 or texting “TALK” to 38255 for free, confidential, 24/7 support. 

9Health offers free, anonymous, online mental health screenings for adults. Click here to be screened for anxiety and depression.

If you have a health question you can talk to a medical professional through our 9Health Neighbors Program by calling 303-698-4455, ext. 2005. Leave a message and a 9Health Medical Volunteer will call you back within 24 hours.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and all month we are working with the Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health, to host Facebook Live segments and connect you to mental health experts. Watch live on Facebook every Tuesday and Thursday at 11:00 a.m. in May and come ask your questions.

Find all the segments we did for Mental Health Awareness Month on our blog or in our 9Health Video Gallery under mental health.