As news comes in about the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, we are aware of the distress that this has caused among service members and their families in our community.
We want our veterans to know that we see you, we are eternally grateful for your service, and we are here for you. If you need mental health support, if you’re having problems sleeping, processing news and commentary, or readjusting to civilian life, please know that you are not alone.
Our clergy and care team are here if you need someone to talk to. Simply send an email with your contact information to the Care Ministry and we will connect you with a care minister or a member of our clergy to sit with you and listen; confidentially, and without judgment.
If you would prefer to speak to other veterans struggling with similar issues, there are free resources at your disposal. The Military Crisis Line is a free hotline, text messaging service and online chat service staffed by caring, qualified responders from VA. Many are Veterans themselves. They understand what Service members have been through and the challenges that members of the military and their loved ones face.
Make the Connection is another free service that can connect you with self-help tools, treatment options and resources to help you reconnect and find hope.
There are also resources available to you through the Mental Health Department of the VA and the Colorado Division of Veterans Affairs which can connect you to treatment options, therapy, and support.
If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or actions, please call 911, or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 immediately.
Above all else, please know that the St. Andrew clergy, staff, and community are always here for you. Although many of us can never fully understand what you are going through, we see you, we value you, and we are here to listen.