Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital
Truman VA has Resources to Help Manage Stress
Stress can lead to health problems, difficulties sleeping, anxiety, and depression. Stress can be overwhelming, especially over the holiday season. At Truman VA, there are a number of services available to help Veterans cope with stress:
Relaxation has been known to improve overall health and to assist people in dealing with anxiety and stress. Truman VA offers a Relaxation Skills Group to teach Veterans different relaxation strategies. This group meets weekly for 6 weeks. For more information, please contact the Behavioral Health Service Line at 573-814-6486.
Many times people who are experiencing stress have difficulty sleeping. Truman VA offers a Sleeping Better group to help Veterans identify lifestyle changes that they can make to improve their sleep. This group meets weekly for 4 weeks. For more information, please contact the Behavioral Health Service Line at 573-814-6486.
Stress may also lead to other health problems such as depression. For people feeling sad, depressed, hopeless, irritable, anxious, or worried, there is a telephone-based depression management program available. In the TIDES (Translating Initiatives of Depression into Effective Solutions) program, a nurse contacts the Veteran by telephone. They will assess and monitor depression symptoms, provide support and education about coping with depression, and monitor medication side effects and problems. For questions or interest in participating in this program, please contact Najmeh Feger, RN, MSN Depression Care Coordinator, at 573-814-6277.
Also, Truman VA has online resources. Veterans can download relaxation audio files, complete confidential self-screening tools to learn more about depression, anxiety and alcohol use, and learn about additional class offerings to improve health and coping.
It is never too early to start practicing healthy ways to manage stress. If you know a Veteran who needs help with managing stress and depression, contact us today!
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