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If you are thinking about suicide, or someone you know is, please tell someone. Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia appeals to service members to help stop suicide in the Armed Forces N.O.W.
If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide, know that you are not alone. Free, confidential resources are immediately available to aid you if you are in crisis. To get help immediately, call the Veterans Crisis Line at 800-273-TALK and press 1, or chat online now for 24/7 access to trained counselors. For more information, click here.
Although some warriors may feel like suicide is the only alternative, there is hope. In addition to the highly trained professionals at the Veterans Crisis Line and DCoE Outreach Center, you can use the following tools to support your return to full functioning:
- Army Suicide Prevention
- Marine Corps Community Services Suicide Prevention
- Navy Personnel Command Suicide Prevention
- Air Force Suicide Prevention Program
- Members of each armed service — as well as National Guard members, reservists, veterans and eligible immediate family members — can call Military OneSource at 800-342-9647 for guidance on finding resources for their service or component, and can find additional psychological support with the Mental Health Services Locator.
The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. More about the Veterans Crisis Line.
The U.S. Army’s commander’s toolkit includes a Suicide Prevention Checklist that provides tasks to assess the effectiveness of a suicide prevention program, as well as prevention training aids for leaders to educate their troops. The Army Suicide Awareness Guide for Leaders is a pocket-sized tool for small-unit leaders to use as a reference for identifying soldiers at risk and connecting them with resources.
The Department of Defense takes the issue of suicide very seriously and is actively working to reduce the number of suicides. It is important that service members, veterans, Guardsmen and Reservists and their families learn how to recognize stressors in order to help those around them who may be having difficulty.
You are not alone. There is support. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger of hurting yourself or others, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK immediately. It’s important to talk about suicide and feelings of depression or post-traumatic stress. If you’re looking for more information or resources, trained health professionals are available 24/7 at the DCoE Outreach Center by live chat, email or phone.