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Mental Health / Substance Use

Goal:  Ensure everyone who experiences signs and symptoms of mental health and/or substance use issues has access to high-quality services in a supportive culture that encourages treatment

Mental Health and Substance Use Issues are Common: Four Brief Statistics

Statistic #1:

Mental Health and Substance Use disorders are the leading cause of disability in the United States for those 15-74 years old.1

Statistic #2:

Approximately 1 in 5 American adults experiences a diagnosable mental health condition in a given year.2 (Anxiety3 and depression4 are the two most common mental health diagnoses.)

Statistic #3:

NOAA Corps Officers seek mental health services at a rate consistent with the national average prevalence: about 1 in 5 officers in a given year.

Statistic #4:

About 1 in 12 American adults has a Substance Use Disorder in a given year.5 (Alcohol is the most common. Opioids are the fastest growing.)

Would I benefit from seeking Mental Health and/or Substance Use Services? Self-Assessments

Anxiety

Depression

* A total score of 10 or greater suggests you should consider further evaluation by a healthcare professional *

Stress

Adjustment Disorder: Diagnostic Criteria

If you are experiencing stress that is out of proportion to the severity and intensity of an identifiable stressor, and if this stress is causing significant impairment to social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning, then please discuss this with a healthcare professional.

Alcohol

* A total score of 8 or greater suggests you should consider further evaluation by a healthcare professional * 

Other Substance(s)

  • If you are using a prescription or over-the-counter medication other than how it is prescribed or has been directed to you by your healthcare provider, and you cannot make yourself use this medication as prescribed/directed, please discuss this with a healthcare professional.
  • If you are using any illegal and/or illicit substances and cannot stop, please discuss this with a healthcare professional.

 How do I access Mental Health / Substance Use services?

I am Active Duty

 

I am a Civilian

This is an Emergency

Behavioral Health Emergencies are potentially life-threatening situations that need immediate attention to preserve life.

Call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest emergency room.
Click here for additional information.

(If it is reasonable to do so, give preference to a Military Treatment Facility)

This is an Emergency

Behavioral Health Emergencies are potentially life-threatening situations that need immediate attention to preserve life.

Call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest emergency room.
Click here for additional information.

This is NOT an emergency

Primary Approach:
Contact your Primary Care Manager to request a Mental Health and/or Substance Use referral

Secondary Approach:
Contact TRICARE to find approved treatment in your area

TRICARE East (Humana)
1-800-444-5445
Find a Provider

TRICARE West (Health Net)
1-888-874-9378
Find a Provider

Tertiary Approach:
Contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to find treatment in your area

SAMHSA National Helpline
1-800-662-HELP (4357)
Services Locator

This is NOT an emergency

Primary Approach:
Contract your Primary Care Provider to request a Mental Health and/or Substance Use referral

Secondary Approach:
Contact your insurance company to find approved treatment in your area

Tertiary Approach:
Contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to find treatment in your area

SAMHSA National Helpline
1-800-662-HELP (4357)
Services Locator

Crisis Hotline

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)

For suicide prevention as well as emotional distress, including alcohol and substance use

Crisis Hotline

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)

For suicide prevention as well as emotional distress, including alcohol and substance use

What Mental Health / Subtance Use resources are available to me?

Emergency

Behavioral Health Emergencies are potentially life-threatening situations that need immediate attention to preserve life. If you need emergency services, call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest emergency room. Click here for additional information.

Employee Assistance Program (NOAA EAP): 1-800-222-0364, FOH4You.com

Confidential counseling and referral service that can help you and your family successfully deal with life’s challenges. Up to three telephonic sessions prepaid by NOAA and available to you at no cost. Call 24 hours a day, seven days a week for confidential help with work, family, personal matters, legal or financial issues.
If you have difficulty accessing EAP services, please reach out to the following contacts:

WorkLife Program (NOAA WorkLife4You): 1-877-WL4-NOAA (1-877-954-6622)

WorkLife4You.com — enter "noaa" (all lower case) as screen name and password
Agency-paid benefit designed to help you and your dependents better manage your daily responsibilities and life events. Services are available 24/7 and include expert guidance from WorkLife specialists, personalized referrals to helpful resources nationwide, and online tools to help with Child Care and Parenting, Adult Care and Aging, Education and Career Development, Financial and Legal Issues, Health and Wellness, and other everyday needs.

TRICARE is the health care program for uniformed service members, retirees, and their families around the world.
Telemental Health Services are also available.

TRICARE Overseas (International SOS): Find a provider

Eurasia-Africa Area
+44-20-8762-8384
1-877-678-1207 (Stateside)

Latin American and Canada Area
+1-215-942-8393
1-877-451-8659 (Stateside)

Pacific Area
+65-6339-2676 (Singapore)
+61-2-9273-2710 (Sydney)
1-877-678-1208/1209 (Stateside)

inTransition: 1-800-424-7877, website

Free, confidential program through the DoD Psychological Health Center of Excellence that offers specialized coaching and assistance for active duty service members, veterans, and retirees who need access to mental health care when relocating to another assignment, returning from deployment, transitioning from active duty to reserve component or reserve component to active duty, preparing to leave military service, or any other time you need a new mental health provider or need a provider for the first time.

2-1-1: call 2-1-1, website

Free, confidential referral and information service that connects people from all communities and of all ages to a specialist who will help you find local health and human services, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Support Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous

also Al-Anon for family and friends of alcoholics

Narcotics Anonymous

also Nar-Anon for family and friends of those with an addiction

Additional Information

Governmental Organizations

MentalHealth.gov

National Institute of Mental Health

National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

National Institute of Drug Abuse

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Nonprofit Organizations

Mental Health America

National Alliance on Mental Illness

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence

National Council for Behavioral Health

World Health Organization

Mental Health

Substance Abuse

 

You are here: https://www.omao.noaa.gov/mental-health-substance-use
Reviewed: August 27, 2018. Contact us with page issues.

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