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It’s free, confidential support from a live, qualified person and available 24/7, 365 days a year. You don't have to be enrolled in VA benefits or health care to call.

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

Service Providers

Service Providers

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.

Directory of
Providers

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Locations

Locations

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.

Alabama Crisis
System of Care

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Crisis Centers

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VA Suicide Prevention

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.

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Veteran crisis suicidal thoughts

Lethal Means

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.

Alabama’s
Challenge

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Veterans
Affairs

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Public
Health

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Connectedness

Peer Groups

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.

Peer Support
(ADMH)

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Veteran
Crisis Helplines

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Veteran Crisis Helplines
Veteran’s behavior

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.

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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.

Red Flags & Warning Signs

Red Flags & Warning Signs

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Increased Use of Substance

Opioid Use

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Stop Judging / Start Healing

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Substance Use and Prevention

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Substance Use and Prevention