Patients in later stages should be immediately referred to mental health workers. Earlier stages or patients with more ambiguous symptom display may need to see their primary care physician for further consultation.
In all cases, provide the number of a mental health worker, literature on the diagnosis, and request a callback from the patient within 48 hours.
|Pre-contemplation||Refer them to literature on PTSD and leave the door open for future consultation.|
|Contemplation||Review all options and put a phone number in their hand for mental health.|
|Preparation/Action||Make an appointment with a mental health worker immediately.|
Types of Referral Services:
In addition to simple referral, based on a patient’s need and comfort level, there are a range of sites to which you can refer a patient. These include:
Online and offline groups where Veterans and other PTSD sufferers come support each other.
The National Center for PTSD: Support Group Search
Provides information and tips for finding a peer support group in your area.
Sidran Institute: Help Desk
Provides referrals to trauma-related support groups.
Real Warriors Message Boards
Real Warriors is a campaign launched by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE).
National Alliance for Mental Illness
Weekly support groups for people living with mental illness.
Anxiety and Depression Association of America
Search for a local support group.
Location services for VA offices and centers specializing in trauma-related disorders.
PTSD Program Locator
Locate a VA-affiliated PTSD program. Additionally, all VA Medical Centers offer PTSD treatment, even if there is no specific PTSD program.
Find a VA near you.
Veteran Center Locator
Many Vet Centers offer PTSD treatment and can help with the transition from military to civilian life.
Sidran Institute: Trauma Treatment Center
Search for trauma treatment centers.
The National Center for PTSD: Find a Therapist
A guide to finding a therapist for treatment of PTSD
American Psychological Association: Psychologist Locator
Search tool for psychological services
Psychology Today: Therapist directory
Search tool for therapists
Psychology Today: Psychiatrist directory
Search tool for psychiatrists
Veteran Combat Call Center
Available 24/7 for veterans who wish to speak to another combat veteran.
DoD's Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE)
1-866-966-1020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
24/7 Outreach Center for Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury that provides information and helps locate resources.
For 24/7 counseling opportunities and other resources.
Suicide Prevention Lifeline
To be routed to the Veterans Crisis Line, dial 1 after being connected.
For patients exhibiting severe suicidal ideation.
Intervention that Motivates
Pamela Herbig Wall, NC/USN, MSN, PMHNP-BC