Mental Health Supports

Parents and guardians can utilize a host of emotional supports for themselves and their children through specially designed programs in each service branch. These can be of assistance not only when children are exhibiting signs of stress but also to assist in general family functioning. The unique needs of a military family can require emotional supports, even during times of relative stability. Equipped with the right tools, military parents can serve as a source of strength for the challenges their children face during times of change, loss, or normal developmental milestones.

The following are resources offered by the military to assist in supporting the emotional well being of military children and families due to the stress of relocation, deployment, or for general support:

Military One Source

This is an online resource that provides links to every program and resource from the military, including psychological health supports from each service branch. It also offers real-time support through “face-to-face,” telephone, and online access to counselors. Access to these services can be gained by logging on to the site. This service is available to active duty military, Reserve, and Guard service members and their immediate family members.

TRICARE Assistance Program (TRIAP)

This is short-term, nonmedical assistance provided to eligible active duty service men and women and their families. It augments TRICARE’s many existing counseling assistance benefits for service members and their families by providing the support they need, when it’s needed. Services provided under this program include short-term counseling about family, personal, and parenting issues. TRIAP launched a Web-based service to provide behavioral and psychological health counseling through private and secure web portals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The medical support for service members and their families offers a host of supports for outpatient and in-patient psychological health evaluation and treatment for all age groups.

Military Youth on the Move

This Web site provides information directly for children and youth. They can find answers to questions, work with online tools, and read tips designed to assist them with the emotional and academic changes they face when they move.

KidLink Network

This service provides assistance to parents, social service and court agencies, as well as other referral sources by locating the most clinically appropriate treatment setting for children and adolescents suffering from a variety of psychological health disorders.

Military Family Life Consultants (MFLC)

These are counselors providing free-of-charge assistance to National Guard and Reserve Component members and their families. MFLCs deploy to active duty installations for up to 90 days and to National Guard and Reserve events to provide on-site support. They assist with a range of nonmedical counseling issues in individual, group and family settings. DoD has now extended the program to public schools with a high percentage of military-connected children from families that are stationed at installations that are heavily deployable. They assist with a range of issues in individual, group, and family settings.

Children and Youth Behavioral Military and Family Life Consultant (CYB-MFLC) Program

Military Family Life Consultants utilize the CYB-MFLC Program to support faculty, staff, parents, children and youth in a variety of settings, including but not limited to Child and Youth Programs, Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools, National Military Family Association “Operation Purple Camps,” Guard and Reserve camps for children, local education agencies (LEAs), and through the Joint Family Support Assistance Program (JFSAP). CYB-MFLCs provide confidential, nonmedical, short term, solution-focused counseling to military personnel, their families, faculty, and staff to enhance operational and family readiness.