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Psychological Health Resources for Reservists

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Army photo by Spc. Cory E. Grogan

Reservists often have unique challenges balancing military service with civilian life. As part of your duties, your home may be far away from where you drill or any military installation. As a result, you may find it tough to stay connected to important resources like those that support psychological health.

Regardless of location, there are many psychological health resources offered by the Defense Department (DoD). This article is meant to inform reservists of the available resources aimed at promoting well-being and providing psychological care but many resources may be available to members of the National Guard as well.

DoD Resources

Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program

This DoD program connects all members of the reserve component with resources throughout the deployment cycle. It seeks to promote the well-being of members and their families.

TRICARE Reserve Select

This health care plan is available for eligible reservists and their families.

  • Available to reservists not covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program and who are not eligible for or enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits program. Check your eligibility for TRICARE Reserve Select here.
  • Once you are a plan member, you can schedule an appointment with a TRICARE-authorized provider. You may also find a provider outside of your military treatment facility. No referrals are necessary.
  • To make an appointment after enrollment, call 877-TRICARE for the north region, 800-444-5445 for the south region and 877-988-WEST for the west region.

Service Specific Resources

In addition to the DoD resources above, below are service specific resources.

Air Force Reserve

Psychological Health Advocacy Program:

Army Reserve

U.S. Army Reserve Behavioral Health Webpage

  • Access resources about the deployment cycle, transitioning back at home and coping skills.
  • Provides programs for short and long term counseling.
  • View resources such as the Army Reserve Family Program.This program connects soldiers and their families through the Fort Family Outreach and Support Center. It also provides crisis support 24/7 at 866-345-8248.

Marine Corps and Navy Reserves

Psychological Health Outreach Program:

Remember, reaching out is a sign of strength. If you or a loved one needs additional support, contact the Psychological Health Resource Center at 866-966-1020 to confidentially speak with trained health resource consultants 24/7, or use the Real Warriors Live Chat.You can also visit our “Seek Help, Find Care” page to see a list of key psychological health resources.

Additional Resources

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