A Message for Our Participants

Millennium Cohort participants,

As the 20th anniversary of September 11, 2001, approaches, it can be distressing to view the rapidly unfolding events in Afghanistan and elsewhere in the world, especially in the time of the current global pandemic. During these difficult times, we recognize that stress can have a profound impact on our lives and make us feel overwhelmed and worried, and this is completely normal. If you or a loved one are feeling distressed, you are not alone.

Resources and Supportive Services. If you or a loved one are struggling to cope, there are many ways to get help. There are online and telephone resources available that are anonymous and can help, such as:

  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Crisis Text Line: Text HELLO to 741741 (US/Canada)
  • For general information on mental health and to locate treatment services in your area, call the SAMHSA Treatment Referral Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
  • You can contact your health care provider to discuss stress and the best options for you to cope.
  • If you are having a medical or psychiatric emergency, go to the nearest hospital or call 911.
  • Veterans Crisis Line - If you are having thoughts of suicide, call 1-800-273-8255, then PRESS 1, text 838255, or visit http://www.veteranscrisisline.net/
  • VA Caregiver Support Line - Call 1-855-260-3274 (M-F 8AM - 10PM & SAT 8AM - 5PM ET)
  • For emergency mental health care, you can also go directly to your local VA medical center 24/7 regardless of your discharge status or enrollment in other VA health care.
  • Vet Centers - Discuss how you feel with other Veterans in these community-based counseling centers. 70% of Vet Center staff are Veterans. Call 1-877-927-8387 to find one near you.
  • Women Veterans Call Center - Call or text 1-855-829-6636 (M-F 8AM - 10PM & SAT 8AM - 6:30PM ET)

We want you to know that we value your service, strength, resilience, and perseverance. We are honored and humbled by your service to our country. You are what brings life to this study, and you are WHY we continue this work.

 

Sincerely,

Signature for Rudy Rull

Rudy Rull, PhD, MPH
Principal Investigator
Millennium Cohort Study