Mental Health - Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center - Richmond, VA
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Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center - Richmond, VA


Mental Health

If you qualify for VA health care, you can get high-quality mental health services as part of your benefits. You may also be able to get care for certain mental health problems even if you don't have VA health care.

McGuire VA Medical Center is sensitive to all the mental health and emotional needs that our Veterans may have. For urgent needs, we provide same-day mental health care and 24/7 psychiatric service in our emergency room. Please see below for a list of mental health services. Click here for Frequently Asked Questions.

About the Program

The Mental Health Service provides consultation, evaluation, and treatment for a variety of issues that can impact emotional well-being.

Services Offered

Mental Health services provided at Richmond VAMC include treatments for —

  • depression, sadness, grief
  • anxiety, worry, nervousness
  • addictive behaviors
  • relationship problems
  • stress from medical problems and/or pain
  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • emotional problems, such as managing anger
  • vocational issues
  • troublesome thoughts or ideas
  • confused thinking
  • aggressive or self-harming behaviors
  • memory problems


Mental health services are confidential. We will not talk to anyone about information you share unless you give written consent. Under federal law, a few exceptions to this rule exist. If you have questions, please ask your mental health consultant.

Crisis Hotline/Suicide Prevention

If you are in crisis and/or have thoughts of harming yourself or others, PLEASE CALL 911 FOR IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE or report to the nearest emergency room. 

You may also contact the Richmond VAMC Mental Health Crisis Hotline at 804-675-5971 or the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255); press 1 for Veterans. Crisis assistance is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  

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McGuire VA Medical Center is sensitive to the mental health needs of all Veterans in the community we serve. That is why we have same day urgent mental health clinics, psychiatrists available 24/7 in our emergency room, and a 24 hour suicide hotline. They are referred to a provider depending on their need, e.g. for therapy or for medication management. All Veterans have access to McGuire and to the mental health services they need. McGuire is proud to provide complex mental health services for Veterans in our community. We offer programs that include individual, group, and family/couples psychotherapy, medication management, substance abuse treatment, and inpatient psychiatric treatment.

What are the initial steps taken when a Veteran expresses concerns about mental health needs?
When a Veteran presents to their primary care physician with symptoms concerning a mental health issue the primary care physician walks the Veteran over to one of our mental health staff members that are co-located in primary care.  This allows the Veteran to immediately see someone associated with mental health for an evaluation.

Who is on the mental health team and what do they do?
The mental health staff member co-located in primary care may be a psychologist or licensed clinical social worker who will meet with the Veteran to obtain relevant information and provide triage for next level of care. 

What can the Veteran expect?
The Veteran may be appropriate to continue obtaining mental health services through primary care or may be referred to mental health clinic to see a psychiatrist.  Mental health services through primary care include medication management, brief individual psychotherapy, and group psychotherapy.  If the determination is made that the Veteran needs a higher level of care in mental health clinic, then a referral is made for a time to be seen as soon as clinically indicated.  Veterans are followed by the mental health primary care integration team until fully transitioned over to mental health clinic.

What happens if the Veteran needs a higher level of care?
If it is determined that the Veteran is in crisis or needs an immediate higher level of care then the mental health staff member will walk the Veteran to either our walk in mental health clinic or to the emergency department for a more thorough evaluation.

Contact Info


  • Mental Hygiene Clinic (MHC)
    First floor, Room 1D-165

Contact Number(s)

  • 804-675-5000 Ext. 5411

Hours of Operation

  • Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm