The following is a newsletter story originally published by the Veterans Administration, dated Aug. 15, 2013. It is reprinted with permission.
September is Suicide Prevention Month, a chance for veterans and their loved ones to focus on the things that matter.
Whether a veteran has just returned home, or served years ago, their experiences remain with them. Their wounds might not be visible, but they need our attention. We can support veterans who are dealing with challenges of all kinds; we’re in this together.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) urges groups and individuals nationwide to stay alert for signs of crisis in the veterans. If you’re concerned, call the Veterans Crisis Line: a free, confidential resource that veterans and their friends and family can access any day, any time.
If a veteran you know shows signs of crisis, such as hopelessness, anxiety, withdrawal, or other signs, trained professionals at the Veterans Crisis Line — many of whom are veterans— are ready to listen. Call 800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat, or text to 838255 for free, confidential support, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
You can get the conversation started today. Visit VeteransCrisisLine.net/SPMToolkit to download free Suicide Prevention Month materials and help spread the word.
Let veterans that you love know that support is just a call, click, or text away.