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.
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 890,000 calls and made more than 30,000 life-saving rescues. In 2009, the Veterans Crisis Line added an anonymous online chat service and has engaged in more than 108,000 chats. In November 2011, the Veterans Crisis Line introduced a text-messaging service, and has since responded to more than 10,000 texts—providing another way for Veterans to connect with round-the-clock support.
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, Veteran 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.
Support. It Matters.
You can show support for our Nation’s Veterans and their families and encourage them to get the care they deserve by downloading Veterans Crisis Line materials and helping us spread the word about this free and confidential resource available to all Veterans and their families.
Web ads in a variety of standard sizes are available for use on public and VA websites. You can also download Veterans Crisis Line logos, posters and other materials to print and display in your community.
This Suicide Prevention Month, show your support for Veterans and help spread the word that confidential support is always available through the Veterans Crisis Line. Download posters, flyers, social media and written content, web banner ads, and public service announcements to share with your networks on the Suicide Prevention Month Toolkit*.
You can download Veterans Crisis Line materials and print them from your own computer. Multiple versions of full-color and black and white posters are available for download in both 8.5’’ x 11’’ and 11’’ x 17’’ formats. You can also download and insert your own contact information or event details in a Veterans Crisis Line flyer. Public fact sheets are also available for print. Large print and braille materials are available for people with visual impairment. To request them, please contact Rhett Herrera at Rhett.Herrera@va.gov.
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 approved for VA.gov sites as well as public sites.
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.