In a landmark event for Veteran health care, VA rolled out its new electronic health record system Oct. 24 at select medical facilities in the Pacific Northwest. This technology will help create a better health care and patient experience for Veterans. The EHR will be implemented at facilities across the country over a 10-year period. Veterans who receive care at facilities with the new EHR will also have access to a new patient portal.     Read More VA News

COVID 19 Corona Virus Resources

Know about how to access online support groups, so you can keep social distance, while staying connected. Here are a variety of online support groups:

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Online Intergroup: 608-222-8989 (24-hour helpline) or http://aa-intergroup.org/. Online meetings in a variety of formats including email, chat/text, audio/video, discussion forums, and telephone. ·

SMART Recovery: https://www.smartrecovery.org. A science-based addiction recovery support group with a focus on building and maintaining the motivation to change; coping with urges to use; managing thoughts, feelings and behaviors in an effective way without addictive behaviors; and living a balanced, positive, and healthy life. Groups offered in-person and online.

Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA): https://adaa.org/adaa-online-support-group. Anonymous online peer-to-peer anxiety and depression support group.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA): www.supportgroupscentral.com/dbsa. Online support groups provide people living with depression and bipolar disorder a place to share experiences, discuss coping skills, and offer hope to one another. DBSA support groups are peer-led, meaning they are facilitated by someone living with a mood disorder.

DepressionTribe Support Group: https://support.therapytribe.com/depression-support-group/. Online peer-to-peer support group for individuals living with the challenge of depression or bipolar disorder.

TheTribe Wellness Community: https://support.therapytribe.com/. Online, peer-to-peer support group for individuals living with the daily challenge of anxiety, depression, and addiction.

Hope & Harmony for People with Bipolar Disorder: https://www.bphope.com/. Social media (Facebook) group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/356671624851872/? ref=pages_profile_groups_tab&source_id=146904598668409) to provide support and resources for people diagnosed with bipolar, looking for information about a possible bipolar disorder diagnosis, and looking for help supporting a friend or family member with this mental health condition.

Hopeline Center for Suicide Awareness Free National Text line: https://centerforsuicideawareness.org/hopeline/ Free 24/7 text crisis line, staffed with peers who offer support to help you cool down from a hot moment.

Mental Health America Support Groups: https://www.mhanational.org/findsupport-groups. Community and online support group resources.

The National Suicide Prevention Crisis Line. 1-800-273-8255 or on line https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ Providing free, 24/7, confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones and best practices for professionals.

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National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) The NAMI HelpLine is a free, nationwide peer-support service providing information and support to people living with a mental health condition, their family members and caregivers, mental health providers and the public. Call 1-800-950-6264 or email .