Collaboration to provide online and in-person mental health support to military service members and their loved ones
Nashville, Tenn. – Centerstone and Not Alone are partnering to expand support services available to veterans, active members of the armed forces, and military families. The organizations are providing online support through NotAlone.com as well as in-person mental health services to veterans and their loved ones. In participating locations, they will offer free face-to-face therapy services to soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq and their families.
War takes a toll on our military service members and their families, and transitioning home after a deployment can be very difficult,” said Robert Williams, PhD, Chief Executive Officer of Centerstone of Indiana. “Physical and mental battle scars, multiple deployments and extended separation can put significant strain on soldiers and their families, leading to substance abuse, divorce and thoughts of suicide. Centerstone is happy to be partnering with Not Alone to see that combat veterans and their loved ones have the support they need when and where they need it.”
Launched in 2008, Not Alone provides programs and services to warriors and families impacted by combat stress and PTSD. Its mission is to ensure every warrior, veteran and family member gains knowledge and easy, confidential access to programs in order to empower them in their lives after war.
“NotAlone was created to help combat veterans deal with the aftermath of war and adjust to a new life at home,” said Mike Jones of Not Alone. “Coming home isn’t always an easy experience, and soldiers and their loved ones can feel isolated by the challenges they face in finding a new normal. Not Alone provides a place where people can share their feelings and experiences with people facing similar issues. We are thrilled to partner with Centerstone to see that our community of veterans and their families have access to therapy and other mental health services that will help them as they transition home.”
As part of the partnership, Centerstone and Advantage Behavioral Health are creating a network of mental health providers to meet veterans’ and their families’ needs. The organization is identifying providers who are personally connected to the military either through service themselves or as a family member of a service person. It also is providing specialty training to give those who work with soldiers and their families greater understanding of military culture and the effects of combat stress.
Additionally, Centerstone will work with Not Alone to apply for and obtain grants that will fund their combined efforts. To find out if you or a loved one qualifies for services, call 866-781-8010. For general information or to find out how you can support Not Alone, call 888-454-0950.
About Not Alone
Not Alone provides programs and services to warriors and families impacted by combat stress and PTSD. At NotAlone.com members can participate in online group sessions, workshops and training. Topics of discussion are around the issues they face everyday dealing with life after war. Founded in 2008, Not Alone came about when a group of individuals realized that there was a huge deficit in the services provided to those dealing with combat stress and PTSD. By providing online curriculum for the whole family, many more people can be reached in greater number. Face to face counseling is also available in their local community to meet them where they are as well as access to a 24-hour crisis line. All services are nationwide and are of no charge to the veteran or family member. For general information or to find out how you can support Not Alone, call 888-454-0950 or visit www.notalone.com.
Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization, is the nation’s largest provider of community-based behavioral healthcare. It provides a full range of mental health, addiction and related educational services to more than 75,000 individuals of all ages each year. The organization has nearly 130 facilities and 220 partnership locations throughout Indiana and Tennessee. It also operates Advantage Behavioral Health, a behavioral health administrative management organization, and the Centerstone Research Institute (CRI), which is improving mental healthcare through innovative research and information technology. For more information about Centerstone, please visit www.centerstone.org.
About Advantage Behavioral Health
Advantage Behavioral Health is a not-for-profit behavioral health administrative management organization founded by Centerstone. Advantage specializes in addressing the mental health and addiction needs of vulnerable populations and partners with primary and behavioral health providers to create integrated, research-based, cost-effective care solutions. The company manages Solutions EAP, an Employee Assistance Program, and operates a 24-hour Customer Care and Crisis Call Center. Additionally, Advantage serves the Centerstone network through the administration and management of corporate contracting, human resources, quality assurance and compliance. For more information about Advantage, visit www.advantagebehavioral.org.