Mental Health - Bay Pines VA Healthcare System
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Bay Pines VA Healthcare System

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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.

We offer a wide range of mental health services for Veterans. We provide consultation, evaluation, and treatment for a variety of issues that can impact emotional well-being.

If you have an urgent need after hours,
call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

If you are having thoughts of suicide, please call
Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255 Press 1

We provide 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.

  • We want to help you reach and maintain your highest level of emotional well-being. Everyone has high and low points in their lives and we are here whenever you need help.
  • In our patient-centered approach to care, you and our staff work together to design a treatment plan that works for you. You will receive services that will best meet your needs.
  • Mental illness is different for everyone. Early treatment is important for your recovery.
  • Medicine may be needed to help control your symptoms. You may also need counseling, self-help groups, rehabilitation and social services to help you reach full recovery.

Some people may need long-term help, though most will respond to treatment and end mental healthcare after a few sessions. Our “Partnership in Care” program will help you recover as quickly as possible.

Mental Health Clinic

The Mental Health Clinic is a full service outpatient clinic located in building 1 on the Bay Pines Campus that provides Veterans with state of the art psychiatric, psychological and social work evaluation and treatment. We provide a comprehensive continuum of care through an integrated approach between inpatient and outpatient services. We believe in a partnership of care between the Veteran and their mental health specialist based on a Recovery of Care approach which involves the Veteran identifying their treatment goals and recovery plan.

Our professional staff is comprised of multidisciplinary mental health professionals. Each staff member has specific duties based on training and specialized clinical competencies and skills. Our team consists of: psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers, pharmacy and clerical support.

Mental Health Care in our Community Clinics

All of our Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) provide mental healthcare services with psychiatrists, psychologists, and/or social workers.


Mental Health Inpatient Facilities

We have the following facilities to offer inpatient mental health care services:

Mental Health Advisory Council (MHAC)

The Mental Health Advisory Council (MHAC) is a coalition of Veterans and community partners working together with VA staff in order to improve mental health services. The MHAC envisions a healthcare system where mental health programs are patient centered, supportive of the Veteran's personal recovery process, and empower Veterans diagnosed with a mental illness to work on their goals and wellness planning. The council also strives to reduce the stigma of mental illness. The MHAC seeks participation from Veterans, their families, and mental health professionals in order to educate, advocate, and empower Veterans, families, staff, and stakeholders.

Additional Resources

Suicide Prevention Training - training will help learners develop a general understanding of suicide, learn how to identify a Veteran at-risk for suicide, and know what to do if they do identify a Veteran at-risk. The course is available for free 24/7 to anyone who creates a PsychArmor log-in. For more information, please visit:  

Contact Info


  • C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center
    BLDG 1

Contact Number(s)

  • 727-398-6661 Ext. 14680

Hours of Operation

  • 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.