Everyday, 22 veterans take their own life. At The Guidance Center, we believe even one veteran suicide is one too many.
We are asking you, our local Veterans, to help us rescue our battle buddies from hoplessness and despair. In the spirit of Vets helping Vets, we understand that no one is better equipped to know the specific needs of our valuable heroes than you.
Will you join us in this mission? Please call 479-420-1664 to help.
Crisis Line: 1-800-542-1031
Warm Line: 479-452-6655
VA Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255, option 1 or text 838255
VETERANS: HELP IS AVAILABLE
Everyone reacts to stress and anxiety differently, but many have found these tips to be useful for anyone to try to help manage those feelings.
- Connect with others: That could be by phone call, text, email, letter, or a virtual visit on Zoom or another video meeting platform. Staying connected to your support system helps us all feel better and less alone.
- Keep a Regular Routine: Whether it’s getting enough sleep and exercise or creating a routine of doing things you enjoy – getting yourself in a positive groove can help you handle the bumps in the road. Connecting with others, and yourself through mindfulness exercises can be a huge part, too.
- Get Enough Sleep: Your body needs sleep – to heal injuries, process stress, and have the energy to live life. When you run low on sleep it can intensify stress, anxiety, and other negative feelings because no one is at their best when they’re exhausted! Need help creating a healthy sleep schedule? Check out: https://www.veterantraining.va.gov/insomnia/index.asp
- Focus on What You Enjoy: That’s going to be different for everyone – readying, hiking, fishing, running – it doesn’t matter what it is. Spending even just half an hour a day focused on a positive hobby or activity can help you re-center and release some of the stress.
- Don’t Self-Medicate: Sometimes it can be tempting to turn to tobacco, alcohol, or drugs to try to cope with what we’re feeling. While following a doctor’s recommendation for prescription medications can help some mental health issues, self-medicating on your own can make those feelings worse. Instead – truly deal with the cause by getting connected to a professional.
- Seek Out Support: If negative feelings are becoming overwhelming, going on too long, or getting worse – know it’s okay to ask for help. You may just need someone to listen as you deal with a short-term hurdle or you may need help with a positive long-term plan. Whatever the need, if you feel like you could use some extra support, call 1-800-273-8255, and press option 1.
COVID has brought on some extra stress and anxiety, but there are tools in your community to help.
- MOBILE APPS
- COVID Coach
- Helps track your mood.
- Suggests stress management techniques and coping advice.
- Search for “COVID Coach” in the app store on your mobile device.
- Mindfulness Coach
- Gives you a toolbox of techniques to cope and find calm.
- Find “Mindfulness Coach” in the app store on you mobile device.
- VA Mental Health
- Find resources based on your personal needs whether you’re active duty, a veteran, or a concerned family member or friend.
- Visit mentalhealth.va.gov
- 24/7 SUPPORT
- Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255, option 1 or text 838255
- LOCAL COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH CENTER
- Reach out for treatment, resources, and help signing up for Arkansas Works health care benefits.
- Western Arkansas Counseling and Guidance Center: 1-479-452-6650
- Counties Served: Crawford, Franklin, Logan, Polk, Sebastian, Scott.
- COVID Coach
If you know someone who is struggling: