Suicide is preventable, and everyone has a role to play. Get started with information and resources that can help you send the message that every Veteran is valued and that help is available.
Family & Friends
If you think a loved one is suicidal, you may be feeling scared and helpless. But you and other family members are often able to tell when a loved one is in crisis, because you know that person best. And there are ways you can help.
If you are worried about a Veteran in crisis, the Veterans Crisis Line is here for you with free, confidential support, available 24/7.
- Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1
- Chat online
- Text 838255
- If you have hearing loss, call TTY: 800-799-4889.
VA's Coaching Into Care is a national telephone service for family members and friends who are seeking care or services for a Veteran. Licensed psychologists and social workers help each caller find appropriate services at a local VA facility or elsewhere in the community.
Coping with Suicide Loss
Our guide contains information on self-care, care for others (particularly children) and care for the suicide attempt survivor.
VA's Uniting for Suicide Postvention (USPV) program provides additional resources and support for everyone touched by suicide loss.
Learn about ways to come together in response to a death by suicide from VA's partners at TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) and provide hope and healing to suicide loss survivors.
Community & Providers
Suicide is a serious national public health problem that affects communities everywhere. At the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), preventing suicide among all Veterans is a top priority — including among those who do not, and may never, seek care within our system.
Resources for Community Members
S.A.V.E. Gatekeeper Training is an online suicide prevention training video developed in collaboration with PsychArmor Institute that offers simple steps that anyone can take when talking with Veterans who are at risk for suicide.
Safe Firearm Storage in Your Community Toolkit was co-developed by VA, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), includes tips for safely storing firearms as well as best practices for sharing these guidelines in your community.
Safe Reporting on Suicide provides 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. Information was adapted from reportingonsuicide.org
Means Safety Messaging pocket card provides a framework for clinicians on how to talk with Veteran patients about safe firearm and medication storage as well as options for safe storage.
Use the Community Provider Toolkit to support the behavioral health and wellness of Veterans receiving services outside the VA health care system.