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Welcome Veterans!

 

FAU Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) would like to thank you for your service to our country.  We recognize that returning service men and women are a growing part of our university community and one of the biggest issues facing combat veterans especially is social isolation.  While most veterans return from deployment without problems, some have experienced mental health issues. CAPS is here to support your mental health needs as you make the transition into student life.  We provide individual, couples, family, and group counseling, and offer resources for community support services. In addition, current CAPS’ counseling clients are eligible for being referred for a psychiatric evaluation, if needed.  All services are provided at no additional cost to currently enrolled students. As a part of the FAU community, we are here to promote education and awareness for our staff and faculty as well about the psychological issues that our veterans may face. Throughout the year we will host events that recognize and support our veterans. 

Possible issue that veterans and their families may experience are;

Adjusting to civilian life

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Anxiety
Anger management Substance Abuse
Depression Suicide prevention 

Resources

  Students In Distress: A Guide for FAU Faculty and Staff to address frequently asked questions.

Florida Service to Scholars( http://www.service2scholars.org/) is an initiative to transition veterans from battlefield to the classroom.  FAU Military and Veterans Affairs Office is designed to act as a liaison between the student and Veteran's Administration to utilize this program.

National Veteran's Foundation  - 1-888-777-4443

The Veteran's Hotline (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline) 1-800-273-TALK (8255) Press # 1.

www.mentalhealth.va.gov/college  
This will link you to Operation S.A.V.E. which provides suicide prevention information, The National Center for PTSD, and information on addiction.

www.NMFA.org
The National Military Family Association provides resources and support to spouses and children of service men and women.

www.pdhealth.mil/
Provides information on post deployment health

www.medscape.com/psychiatry
Gives daily information on medical/psychiatric topics

www.dav.org 
Disabled American Veterans

www.militaryonesource.com 
a 24/7 resource for military members, 

spouses and families

www.AVBI.org 
American Veterans with Brain Injuries

www.americasheroesatwork.gov 
U.S. Department of Labor to help returning service members affected by TBI and/or PTSD succeed in the workplace particular focus on OEF and OIF service members.

www.afterdeployment.org 
Mandated by the U. S. Congress and developed by the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration to focus  on the concerns and problems experienced following a deployment.

Student Veterans of America* 

Student Veterans of America (SVA) is a coalition of student veterans groups from college campuses across the United States. SVA works to develop new student groups, coordinate between existing student groups, and advocate on behalf of student veterans at the local, state, and national level.

Post Deployment Adjustment Information for Veterans and their Families 

For veterans, their friends and families, the return home is often just the first step in a longer re-adjustment process. This site provides resources on a wide range of issues to help vets following deployment, topics such as transitioning to life at home, uncovering signs of emotional problems, and dealing with war trauma.

Student Vets Speak Out*

Students who served in the Iraq War speak out about the emotional challenges of adjusting to life back at home and the importance of finding support.

Half of Us* 

Did you know that nearly half of all college students reported feeling so depressed that they couldn't function during the last school year? More than that have faced an emotional problem of some sort.  Through Half of Us, mtvU and The Jed Foundation want to initiate a public dialogue to raise awareness about the prevalence of mental health issues on campus and connect students to the appropriate resources to get help. View a video of stories of veterans who have made the transition from the battlefield to the classroom.  Filmed by MTV, and featuring four veteran students, this clip highlights the emotional challenges faced by these individuals in their adjustment to life back home and the importance of finding support.

ULifeline

ULifeline is an anonymous, confidential, online resource center, where college students can be comfortable searching for the information they need and want regarding mental health and suicide prevention. ULifeline is available where college students seek information the most - at their fingertips on the Internet.



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