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Discover the Healing Power of Nature

"NBIs were effective for improving depressive mood..., reducing anxiety..., improving positive affect..., and reducing negative affect..."

National Library of Medicine/Nature-based outdoor activities for mental and physical health: Systematic review and meta-analysis/

"The physiological response to being outside in nature is real, and it's measurable," said Michelle Kondo, a research social scientist with the USDA Forest Service's Northern Research Station."

Forest Service U.S. Department of Agriculture/The wellness benefits of the great outdoors by Andrew Avitt/

"Research conducted in the U.K. found...Angling is tied to a lower risk of mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts."

Men's Journal/Fishing Has Positive Benefits for Men's Mental Health by Stacey Ritzen/

Veteran Suicide Prevention

If you’re a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one, connect with our caring, qualified Veterans Crisis Line responders for confidential help. Many of them are Veterans themselves. This service is private, free, and available 24/7.

  • Call 988 and select 1.

  • Text 838255.

  • Start a confidential chat.

  • If you have hearing loss, call TTY: 800-799-4889.


You can also take these actions:​

  • Call 911.

  • Go to the nearest emergency room.

  • Go directly to your nearest VA medical center. It doesn’t matter what your discharge status is or if you’re enrolled in VA health care.

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VA Dep of Veterans Services


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