A Resource for Veterans and Families in Crisis
The Department of Veterans Affairs has recently launched a campaign announcing the strategic rebranding of the Veterans Crisis Line (formerly the Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline). The Veterans Crisis line (1-800-273-8255 and Press 1) is a confidential service available 24/7/365 for Veterans and family members is crisis, including those not enrolled with VA. For those who would rather type than talk, there’s also a confidential chat service available through VeteransCrisisLine.net.
VA is working in close partnership with Legion to increase awareness of the confidential Veterans Crisis Line and ensure that all Veterans and their family members know about this resource whenever, if ever, they need it.
Responders at the Veterans Crisis Line have answered more than 390,000 calls since the hotline launched in 2007, and have made more than 13,000 life-saving rescues. Close to 4,000 people have gotten assistance through the online chat
If you or someone you know is in crisis, please encourage them to call the Veterans Crisis Line or use the online chat at www.VeteransCrisisLine.net. Many of the VA responders on the other side of the Veterans Crisis Line are also veterans, and all responders are specially trained to assist and counsel Veterans and family members in crisis.
Let’s do our part to spread the word. Please email, post, tweet, or share this story with your fellow Legionnaires and Vets. We can make sure all our fellow Vets and their families know about this resource
If you’re looking for more information about the Veterans Crisis Line, visit www.VeteransCrisisLine.net. For more information about VA’s suicide prevention program, visit http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/suicide_prevention/.