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VETERANS – PLEASE READ

Numbers sometimes help illustrate the need for a service. In its first year, the National Veterans Administration (VA) Suicide Hotline received 55,000 calls from veterans and those who care about them. In this first year, the hotline counseled or referred 22,000 veterans to services near them. The success of the hotline has resulted in 1,221 veterans or family members accessing critical interventions that reduced the risks of suicide or suicidal behavior.

That is still a long way from helping everyone who needs it. The VA estimates that 6,500 veterans commit suicide each year. Please, don’t be one of them. There are people to talk with, people who care about you, many veterans themselves. If you or a loved one are suffering and need to talk to someone, you can. Veterans may call 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) and press "1" to reach the VA hotline, which is staffed by mental health professionals who will work closely with local VA mental health providers to help callers reach needed services.

NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE

In addition, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255), or 1-800-799-4889 (TTY) is available to anyone who needs help 24 hours a day. They also have a website you may visit.


Para obtener asistencia en español durante las 24 horas, llame al 1-888-628-9454


Veteran's Affairs - Mental Health Services