Women's Health Portal

Mental Health and Substance Abuse for Women

Last Updated: December 18, 2017
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Knowing how to successfully navigate stressful times is a vital skill.  These resiliency resources provide a variety of information related to managing stress and improving one's ability to endure hardship.

Boosting Resilience through Spirituality External Link (non-government) 

Counseling Services External Link  

Combat & Operational Stress Control (APHC)

U.S. Army's Ready and Resilient Campaign External Link  


Substance Abuse & Dependency

Alcohol and Pregnancy: Why Take the Risk? External Link 
How much do you know about alcohol use during pregnancy?  Take our quiz to find out.

Alcohol and drug abuse often leads to addiction, which can severely damage your life and your career. The following links provide information on drug and alcohol abuse prevention resources.

Alcohol and Substance Misuse  (APHC)

Army Substance Abuse Program  External Link 

DoD Tobacco Cessation Program: UCANQUIT2 External Link (non-government) 

ADA Meth Mouth External Link (non-government)


Suicide Prevention

Suicide prevention starts with recognizing the warning signs and taking them seriously. The following resources promote suicide awareness and provide information on effective suicide prevention strategies.

CDC Weekly (May 2013) External Link From 1999 to 2010, the suicide rate for women increased 31.5%, from 6.2 to 8.1. Among women, suicide rates increased with age, and the largest percentage increase in suicide rate was observed among women aged 60–64 years (59.7%, from 4.4 to 7.0).

Army Suicide Prevention Program External Link  

Suicide Prevention Resources (APHC)


Tobacco Use

Women and Smoking: A Winnable Fight External LinkSmoking remains the leading preventable cause of disease, disability, and premature death in the United States and the risks associated with smoking are even higher in women.  Check out this recent article about women's Winnable Fight against smoking.

Smoking and How to Quit External LinkThe US Department of Health and Human Services has compiled a useful collection of Women's Health information and resources about smoking and how to quit. Different women need different resources as they try to quit.  The information on this site provides tobacco cessation support for the long and short term.

Rising E-Cigarette Use Tied to More Smoking Teens External Link  Teens who have tried electronic cigarettes may be more likely to smoke regular cigarettes, according to the authors of a new study.

Tobacco-Free Living (APHC)