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Veterans Crisis Line

One small act can make a difference. Show your support for Veterans and Service members who may be in crisis, and spread the word about The Power of 1. Veterans, Service members, and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, send a text message to 838255, or chat online 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.

The responders at the Veterans Crisis Line are specially trained and experienced in helping Veterans of all ages and circumstances — from those coping with mental health issues that were never addressed to recent Veterans dealing with relationships or the transition back to civilian life.

Since its launch in 2007 through May 2016, the Veterans Crisis Line has answered over 2.3 million calls and initiated the dispatch of emergency services to callers in imminent crisis nearly 61,000 times. Since launching chat in 2009 and text services in November 2011, the VCL has answered over 289,000 and nearly 55,000 requests for chat and text services respectively. Staff have forwarded nearly 376,000 referrals to local VA Suicide Prevention Coordinators on behalf of Veterans to ensure continuity of care with Veterans local VA Providers.

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.

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Warning Signs

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:

  • Hopelessness, feeling like there’s no way out
  • Anxiety, agitation, sleeplessness, or mood swings
  • Feeling like there is no reason to live
  • Rage or anger
  • Engaging in risky activities without thinking
  • Increasing alcohol or drug abuse
  • Withdrawing from family and friends

The presence of the following signs requires immediate attention:

  • Thinking about hurting or killing yourself
  • Looking for ways to kill yourself
  • Talking about death, dying, or suicide
  • Self-destructive behavior such as drug abuse, weapons, etc.

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.

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Join “The Power of 1” Movement

Show your support for our Nation’s Veterans and their families and encourage them to get the care they deserve. View and download ready-to-use materials at VeteransCrisisLine.net/SpreadTheWord to tell people in your networks about this free and confidential resource available to all Veterans and their families.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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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Watch and share Veterans Crisis Line video public service announcements with your networks at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Videos. You can also download the videos at VeteransCrisisLine.net/SpreadTheWord.

 

 

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