We all can take action to help prevent suicide, but many people don't know what they can do to support the Veteran or Service member in their life who is going through a difficult time. A simple act of kindness can help someone feel less alone. Suicide prevention can start with one simple act of support: Be There.
Veterans, Service members, and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, send a text message to 838255, or chat online to receive free, confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, even if they are not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care.
VA is working to make sure that all Veterans and their loved ones are aware of the Veterans Crisis Line. To reach as many Veterans as possible, VA is coordinating with communities and partner groups nationwide — including community-based organizations, Veterans Service Organizations, and local health care providers — to let Veterans and their loved ones know that support is available whenever, if ever, they need it.
- Start a confidential online chat session at www.VeteransCrisisLine.net/chat
- Send a text message to 838255 to connect to a VA responder
- Take a self-check quiz at www.VeteransCrisisLine.net/quiz
- If you or a Veteran you know is in crisis, find a facility near you
- Connect through chat, text, or TTY if you are deaf or hard of hearing
- Identify the Warning Signs
- Concerned About a Veteran? You Can Help
- Suicide and Crisis Resources
- About the Veterans Crisis Line
- Be There for Veterans
Check out these additional resources:
• VHA LGBT Health Program Office
• VA facilities with LGBT Programs
• Locate Your Local Suicide Prevention Coordinator
• Veterans Crisis Line
Visit www.womenshealth.va.gov to access additional information, materials, and resources for women Veterans. Get the latest news on LGBT-focused programs, health studies, policies & research in your inbox. Sign up for email updates.
Preventing Suicide Among LGBT Veterans
Suicide prevention is VA’s highest clinical priority. Our most vulnerable Veteran communities, including LGBT Veterans, face some of the biggest obstacles in seeking help. LGBT Veterans experience depression and suicidal ideations at twice the rate of heterosexual Veterans.
Today, it is estimated that one million of our nation’s Veterans identify as LGBT. Studies reveal LGBT Veterans accessing VA services were more likely to screen positive for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and alcohol misuse than non-LGBT Veterans. Veterans who could not or did not serve openly in the military or concealed their sexual orientation while in service were associated with higher rates of depression and PTSD.