Here, you'll find many of the resources shared throughout the 2022 Summit. 

This page will continue to be updated after the conference to include additional resources, so please keep checking back for more!

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is a skills-based training course that teaches participants about mental health and substance-use issues. This program has 3 pathways to address the unique needs of various groups: For Adults responding to Youth, For Teens to respond to Teens, For Adults responding to Adults. Many organizations in Virginia, North Carolina, and beyond offer these trainings. In addition, you can become certified as a trainer.

VA S.A.V.E Training
VA S.A.V.E. Training will help you act with care and compassion if you encounter a Veteran who is in crisis or experiencing suicidal thoughts.

The Sarah Michelle Peterson Foundation hosts a number of trainings related to suicide prevention and mental health. Listed here are a few of the ones mentioned during their Summit Presentation. We highly encourage you to watch that video for more information on which training may be right for you.

  • Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)
    After this training, participants will know common warning signs of suicide and how to get help for someone having a mental health emergency. They will also become familiar with symptoms of depression and learn what resources are available for those in need. This training is offered free thanks to generous donors of the Sarah Michelle Peterson Foundation. Contact SMP Foundation Directly to schedule a training, or follow on social media to see where they will be next!
  • safeTALK
    This training prepares individuals to be a suicide alert helper. Learn to recognize suicide risk and warning signs and take appropriate action. Participants learn how to provide practical help to persons with thoughts of suicide and to feel more comfortable talking with, helping, and connecting people to professionals so they can stay safe.
  • Soul Shop For Congregations
    Suicidal desperation impacts church members, leaders, and clergy. In this Bible-based training, attendees will learn how to minister to those who are currently considering suicide, those who are anxious that a family member or friend might be considering suicide, those that have lost a loved one to suicide, and those who have experienced suicidal thinking in the past but are no longer having those thoughts. Sometimes all people need is a sign that they are supposed to live. 

This Mentally Healthy Resource Guide features 70+ resources across Hampton Roads focused on mental health, substance use, and suicide prevention and education.

The Suppport for Substance Use Disorder in Pregnant and Parenting Women Guide is a A listing of organizations across Hampton Roads that provide substance use services for pregnant and parenting women.

Top 10 Health Issues in Hampton Roads is provided by the EVMS Brickell Medical Sciences Library, this listing includes resources and additional information for Behavioral/Mental Health, Substance Use and more. 

Local Recovery Coordinators provide education and support to Veterans, family members, and VA staff members about mental illness and recovery.

North Carolina:


Crisis and Support Lines:

  • Veterans Crisis Line - If you are having thoughts of suicide, call  988 or [1-800-273-8255,]1-800-273-8255, then PRESS 1 or visit
    • 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.
  • VA Women Veterans Call Center - Call or text 1-855-829-6636 (M-F 8AM - 10PM & SAT 8AM - 6:30PM ET)
  • VA Caregiver Support Line - Call 1-855-260-3274 (M-F 8AM - 10PM & SAT 8AM - 5PM ET)
  • Vet Centers Readjustment Counseling- 1-877-WAR VETS (1.877.927.8387)
    • Around the clock confidential call center where combat Veterans and their families can call to talk about their military experience or any other issue they are facing in their readjustment to civilian life. 
  • National Call Center for Homeless Veterans- (877) 4AID-VET (877-424-3838)

Mental Health Services and Resources:

  • 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 or find one near you.
  • VA Mental Health Services Guide This guide will help you sign up and access mental health services.
  • - information, resources, and Veteran to Veteran videos for challenging life events and experiences with mental health issues.
  • Download VA's self-help apps - Tools to help deal with common reactions like, stress, sadness, and anxiety. You can also track your symptoms over time.

Connect with your Peers:

  • Team Red, White & Blue - Hundreds of events weekly. Find a chapter in your area.
  • Student Veterans of America - Find a campus chapter to connect with.

Tobacco Cessation: 

  • 1-855-QUIT-VET – a proactive toll-free Quitline service that provides tobacco cessation counseling to Veterans receiving any of their health care from VA. Counselors (English and Spanish speaking) are available Monday – Friday, 9am-9pm EST.
  • SmokefreeVET text message program – a mobile text messaging service that provides 24/7 encouragement, advice, and tips to help smokers and smokeless tobacco users quit and stay quit. Sends 2-5 texts per day for 6-8 weeks in English or Spanish
  • Stay Quit Coach smartphone app – guides users in creating a tailored quit plan as well as providing information, interactive tools to help users cope with cravings to smoke, and messages and support to help users stay smoke free. Available for iOS and Android. 
  • Smokefree Vet Facebook community - a supportive community for Veterans to share stories, give and receive quitting tips and encouragement, find helpful resources during their quit, and get the latest news on the benefits of living a tobacco-free life.
  • - this website offers self-help material for quitting smoking tailored to Veterans, with information on choosing the right medication, VA resources, and an interactive “Build Your Quit Plan” tool.


Directly from the Presenters:

The presenters from the 2022 Summit provided many resources. some of your presenters have provided those documents and links here for you to access:

Dr. Christina Vair: Department of Veterans Affairs National Whole Health Website

Dr. Kenneth Miller: Resources to learn more about TMS and BrainSway

 The BrainsWay Site has Four Tabs with a drop-down menu under each as follows

  1.  Treatments:  provides an overview of the FDA Cleared treatments and CE markings
  2. How Does it Work: with information on the BrainsWay Technology, Deep vs. Traditional TMS & a **FAQ ( for both patients & healthcare providers). The FAQ information within is a great resource for them to upload to their websites for patient education and answers most of the commonly asked questions.
  3. How Do We Help: with information on Practice Support, Referral Guidance, & Patient Education.  I would advise the customer to scroll down to the bottom of the patient education section for direct links or click on the links provided for a Video Gallery (MDD/OCD Testimonials) & downloads  Patient Brochures (MDD/OCD), Healthcare Providers & Researchers
  4. Knowledge Center: information can be found on Clinical Research, Mental Health Education, Webinars, **Testimonials, **Product Videos, & **downloads


Andrea Long: Andrea has kindly offered to share her document Adult Pleasant Event Schedule

Additional Community Resources Available:

Talk About It Norfolk
The main webpage for Mentally Healthy Norfolk activities. 

Region Five: Public Behavioral Health, Crisis & Support
Region Five is leading the efforts for 988 implementation, and  serves the communities of the Colonial, Chesapeake, Eastern Shore, Hampton-Newport News, Middle-Peninsula Northern Neck, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach and Western Tidewater Community Services Boards.

Substance Abuse & Addiction Recovery Alliance (SAARA) of Virginia
SAARA is the leading voice in Virginia on substance use disorder and recovery. They provide individuals and communities with education, advocacy and support. There are chapters across the state, and the organization hosts valuable training such as Revive!, Peer Recovery, Harm Reduction and more. 

Veterans Crisis Line
If you're a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one, the Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource that connects you to a real person specially trained to support Veterans.

The Sarah Michelle Peterson Foundation

The Up Center
The Up Center provides more than 20 critical support services for children and families in our community, including mental health counseling, parenting education and support, youth mentoring, foster care and adoption, housing and financial counseling, and services for people with disabilities. They have served as a safety net for people in crisis for more than 135 years