September is Suicide Prevention Month — so show your support for the Veterans Crisis Line and spread the word about the Power of 1 starting Tuesday, Sept. 2. Go to VeteransCrisisLine.net/SpreadtheWord to download materials — including posters, editable flyers, web banners, and social media content — to share with your networks throughout the month.
The Veterans Crisis Line is a toll-free, confidential resource that connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring VA responders.
Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online at www.VeteransCrisisLine.net, or send a text message to 838255 to receive free, confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, even if they are not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care. VA also provides support for Service members through the Military Crisis Line. Service members and their families and friends can call and text the Veterans Crisis Line numbers and can chat online at www.MilitaryCrisisLine.net/Chat.
The professionals at the Veterans Crisis Line are specially trained and experienced in helping Veterans of all ages and circumstances—from Veterans coping with mental health issues that were never addressed to recent Veterans struggling with relationships or the transition back to civilian life.
Since its launch in 2007, the Veterans Crisis Line has answered more than 1.25 million calls and made more than 39,000 lifesaving rescues. In 2009, the Veterans Crisis Line added an anonymous online chat service and has engaged in more than 175,000 chats. In November 2011, the Veterans Crisis Line introduced a text-messaging service to provide another way for Veterans to connect with confidential, round-the-clock support, and since then has responded to more than 24,000 texts.
VA is working to make sure that all Veterans and their loved ones are aware of the Veterans Crisis Line. To reach as many Veterans as possible, VA is coordinating with communities and partner groups nationwide, including community-based organizations, Veterans Service Organizations, and local health care providers, to let Veterans and their loved ones know that support is available whenever, if ever, they need it.
People experience emotional and mental health crises in response to a wide range of situations—from difficulties in their personal relationships to the loss of a job. For Veterans, these crises can be heightened by their experiences in military service. When emotional issues reach a crisis point, it’s time to call on the Veterans Crisis Line for support.
Sometimes, a crisis may involve thoughts of suicide. Learn to recognize these warning signs:
The presence of the following signs requires immediate attention:
If you are a Veteran or know a Veteran who is experiencing any of these signs, call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online at www.VeteransCrisisLine.net, or text 838255 today.
Reach Out. One small act can make a difference.
You can show support for our Nation’s Veterans and their families and encourage them to get the care they deserve. Download Veterans Crisis Line materials and help Spread the Word about this free and confidential resource available to all Veterans and their families. View and download ready-to-use materials at VeteransCrisisLine.net/SpreadtheWord.
Spread the Word Online
Share the Veterans Crisis Line with your online network. Post about us on Facebook and Twitter, share the Veterans Crisis Line website and videos with your friends and followers, and embed a Veterans Crisis Line video on your own website .
Download a variety of online banner ads and badges to use on your website and link to the Veterans Crisis Line. Banner ads and badges are available in standard sizes for public sites.
Download Print Materials
You can download Veterans Crisis Line materials and print them from your own computer. Multiple versions of full-color and grayscale posters are available for download in 8.5’’ x 11’’, 11’’ x 17’’, and 17" x 11" formats. You can also download and insert your own contact information or event details in a Veterans Crisis Line flyer. Fact sheets are also available for print. Large-print materials are available for people with visual impairment. To request materials, please click here.
Display Veterans Crisis Line Logos
Want to include the Veterans Crisis Line logo on your own materials? The Veterans Crisis Line logo is available for download in a variety of formats. You can also access and download the Veterans Crisis Line Branding Guidelines for guidance on how to consistently apply the various components of the Veterans Crisis Line brand.
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