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If you’re a Veteran, service member, National Guard or Reserve member, or someone who supports them, we’re ready to help.
3 Ways to Connect
We’re here to help you connect to the people who can help the most. This directory of service providers includes those in offices and facilities near you who are qualified to meet your needs.
Help is also close at hand with a crisis center location nearest you. These centers are individualized to the unique needs of the communities they serve. They offer better access to behavioral healthcare services for individuals experiencing a mental health crisis, saving visits to the emergency room.
System of Care
Share Your Feelings /
What’s Going On
One of the best ways of dealing with a crisis is to talk about it with a trusted friend. It may be a family member, a close friend, and very possibly, a fellow Veteran. Always remember that someone is ready and willing to listen—and that you are not alone.
If a Veteran is in crisis or having suicidal thoughts, they can resort to guns, medications, alcohol, opioids, ropes, cords, or sharp objects if they are easily accessible. Increasing the time and distance between someone in a suicidal crisis and access to lethal means can reduce suicide risk and save lives.
Many times, what a Veteran in crisis needs most is understanding. And just as often, the person who can provide that understanding is someone with shared experiences—especially a fellow Veteran. A peer specialist brings a connection and expertise that professional training alone cannot.
Ask the Question
If you notice changes in a Veteran’s behavior or moods, it’s time to start a conversation about your concerns. It can help a Veteran to feel cared for and valued, and see that help is available. It can also mean the difference between a tragic outcome and a life saved.
Know the Signs
An attempt at suicide doesn’t just happen. There are reasons for the suicidal behavior, and signs that often indicate the crisis leading up to it. Thinking or talking about hurting or killing one’s self are two of the major signals. Learn the others and how you can help recognize when a Veteran you know needs immediate attention.