Suicide Prevention: Resources - Mental Health
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Suicide Prevention: Resources


Suicide Prevention


Resources for Veterans and Their Loved Ones

  • Suicide Prevention Coordinators
    Each VA medical center has a Suicide Prevention Coordinator to provide Veterans with the counseling and services they need. As appropriate, callers to the Veterans Crisis Line are referred to their local Suicide Prevention Coordinator.

    Visit to hear Veterans’ candid descriptions of dealing with suicidal thoughts and behaviors. A variety of Veterans — men and women, younger and older — talk about their emotions, actions, symptoms, and what they did to get on a path to recovery.

  • Coaching Into Care
    Family members and friends who are seeking care or services for a Veteran can call VA’s Coaching Into Care national telephone service at 888-823-7458. Licensed psychologists and social workers help each caller find appropriate services at a local VA facility or elsewhere in the community.

  • Suicide Prevention: A Guide for Military and Veteran Families
    Family members are often able to tell when a loved one is in crisis because they know that person best. If you think a loved one is suicidal, you may be feeling scared and helpless — but there are ways you can help. This guide will help you recognize when someone is at risk for suicide and understand the actions you can take to help. (Developed by the Rocky Mountain MIRECC)

  • Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Resource Toolkit for Never Federally Activated Former Guard and Reserve Members PDF icon
    This toolkit connects former members of the Guard and Reserves, their families, and their providers with mental health and suicide prevention resources available through VA and in the community.

  • Information and Support After a Suicide Attempt: A VA Resource Guide for Family Members of Veterans (English/Spanish)
    This guide provides Veterans and their families with informational and support resources. It contains information on self-care, care for others (particularly children), and care for the suicide attempt survivor. (Developed by the Rocky Mountain MIRECC)

  • VA ACE Card and VA ACE Brochure
    ACE (“Ask,” “Care,” “Escort”) summarizes the steps that Veterans and their family members and friends can follow to take an active role in suicide prevention. The VA ACE card is a pocket guide supported by the VA ACE brochure, which provides more in-depth information. (Developed by the Rocky Mountain MIRECC)

  • Together We Can: Suicide Prevention Information for Veterans, Their Families, and Caregivers
    This is a series of in-depth information for Veterans, their families, and caregivers about suicide risks and protective factors. Backed by research, this series provides practical information and steps that family members can take to Be There for a Veteran in their lives. Topics include:

Resources for Community Members

  • Community Outreach Toolkit
    This toolkit is an online guide for people and organizations hosting or participating in events to raise awareness about mental health and suicide prevention.

  • Social Media Safety Toolkit
    The Social Media Safety Toolkit includes best practices, resources, and sample posts for responding to social media posts that indicate a Veteran is having thoughts of suicide.

  • Veterans Crisis Line Shareable Materials
    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 Veterans Crisis Line materials at to tell people in your networks about this free and confidential resource for all Veterans and their families. You can also:

  • Share content online.
    Post about the Veterans Crisis Line on Facebook and Twitter and share the Veterans Crisis Line website with your friends and followers.

  • Watch and share videos.
    Watch Veterans Crisis Line public service announcements at and share them with your networks or on your website. You can also download the videos at

Resources for Providers

Resources for Communicating About Veteran Suicide

  • Safe Messaging Best Practices Fact Sheet
    Research has shown that the way we communicate about suicide can influence behavior in a positive or negative way. Adapted from the Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide, this fact sheet offers guidance on how to communicate about suicide in a safe and ethical manner, correct misconceptions, convey hope, and encourage help-seeking behaviors among those at risk for suicide.