Mental Health

There are a variety of mental health resources to explore in Massachusetts, from private practices, to non-profit services, to government agencies. These may be used in a variety of circumstances for a variety of reasons. If you feel that your mental health could be improved, take a look at some of the resources on this page and see if there's something that fits right for you.

Watch the videos below to learn about mental health, accessing local options and more.

Getting Started with Mental Health

Veterans Crisis Line (988)

You do NOT have to be in an immediate crisis to call. The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, anonymous, confidential resource that’s available to anyone, even if you’re not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care. A trained responder will answer your call. The responder will ask you a few questions, such as whether you or the Veteran or Service member you’re concerned about may be in immediate danger or at risk for suicide. You will decide what to share about yourself and what you want to talk about. Visit their website below, dial 988 or call 800.273.8255 and select option 1.

Veterans Crisis Line Website

VA Vet Centers

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 (watch the Vet Center Services video above). Readjustment counseling is offered to make a successful transition from military to civilian life or after a traumatic event experienced in the military. Individual, group, marriage and family counseling is offered in addition to referral and connection to other VA or community benefits and services. Call 877.927.8387 or visit their website by clicking below.

Vet Center Website

Explore Mental Health Topics

VA has a variety of mental health resources, information, treatment options, and more — all accessible to Veterans, Veterans’ supporters, and the general public. Explore the link below to learn more about a specific mental health topic or to find information specifically tailored to your needs.

Find More Mental Health Resources

NAMI Massachusetts

NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness. The Compass Helpline at NAMI Massachusetts provides free information, ideas, resources, and support to help people across the state navigate the complex mental health system and related systems of care. Compass is staffed by people with first-hand experience navigating the mental health system for themselves or a family member. Call them at 617-704-6264 or 1-800-370-9085, email compass@namimass.org or click the button below to visit their website and explore further.

NAMI Compass

Mass.gov:  Finding Mental Health Support

Finding Mental Health support can be challenging. Most mental health services are delivered in outpatient and community settings paid for by insurance, including MassHealth. This includes outpatient services (medication and therapy), crisis services and hospital services.

The Department of Mental Health provides specialized mental health services that help people to live, work and fully participate in their community. This guide will show you how to find supports and services that are appropriate for your needs.

Mass.gov Mental Health

SAMHSA National Helpline

SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357) (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service), or TTY: 1-800-487-4889 is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations.

Also visit the online treatment locator, or send your zip code via text message: 435748 (HELP4U) to find help near you.

Visit the SAMHSA National Helpline PageSAMHSA Treatment Services Locator

Get Started with VA Health Care

Apply for VA Health Care

With VA health care, you’re covered for regular checkups with your primary care provider and appointments with specialists (like cardiologists, gynecologists, and mental health providers). You can access Veterans health care services like home health and geriatric (elder) care, and you can get medical equipment, prosthetics, and prescriptions. Find out how to apply for and manage the health care benefits you've earned.
Need help enrolling or have questions about enrollment or eligibility? Call 877-222-8387 Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. ET.

Visit VA Health Care

Explore MyHealtheVet

My-Health-e-Vet is available to manage your health care needs with the Department of Veteran Affairs. You can use this site to communicate with your VA health care team, track appointments, refill prescriptions, download medical records and more. Take a look.

Visit My Health e Vet

VA Welcome Kit

Whether you’re just getting out of the service or you’ve been a civilian for years now, the VA Welcome Kit can help guide you to the benefits and services you’ve earned.

Based on where you are in life, your VA benefits and services can support you in different ways. Keep your welcome kit handy so you can turn to it throughout your life—like when it’s time to go to school, get a job, buy a house, get health care, retire, or make plans for your care as you age.

Print Your VA Welcome Kit

Additional Benefits that Help Pay for Health Care

Massachusetts Chapter 115 Veteran & Dependent Financial Assistance

This income-based program is available to Massachusetts Veteran residents, and their dependents, through your local Veterans Services Officer (most often found at your town or city hall, or at your local senior center). This benefit may pay a monthly stipend, past due rent or mortgage, out-of-pocket medical costs, necessary home repairs, and more. Watch the video above for more information, or see if you may qualify via the link below.

MassVetBen.org Calculator

VA Non-service Connected Pension

The Veterans Pension program provides monthly payments to wartime Veterans who meet certain age or disability requirements, and who have income and net worth within certain limits.
VA Aid and Attendance or Housebound benefits provide monthly payments added to the amount of a monthly VA pension for qualified Veterans and survivors. If you need help with daily activities, or you’re housebound, this may be added to your pension. Learn more and/or apply below.

Learn More & Apply

VA Disability Compensation

VA Disability Compensation is a tax free monetary benefit paid to Veterans with disabilities that are the result of a disease or injury incurred or aggravated during active military service. Compensation may also be paid for post-service disabilities that are considered related or secondary to disabilities occurring in service and for disabilities presumed to be related to circumstances of military service, even though they may arise after service. Find out more and how to apply for and manage the Veterans disability benefits you've earned.

Learn More and Apply at VA.gov