Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255
Call: Veterans experiencing emotional distress/crisis or who need to talk to a trained mental health professional should call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-TALK. The hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When callers press 1 they are immediately connected with a qualified and caring provider who can help.
Chat Feature: Veterans Chat is located at the Veterans Crisis Line and enables Veterans, their families and friends to go online where they can anonymously chat with a trained VA Counselor. Veterans Chat can be accessed through the suicide prevention website www.veterancrisisline.net by clicking on the Veterans Chat tab on the right side of the webpage
Text Feature: Those in crisis may text 83-8255 free of charge to receive confidential, personal and immediate support
Resources for Veterans
Support Hotlines and Crisis Resources
Lifeline for Vets by National Veteran's Foundation (Call 888-777-4443): provides a lifeline for Veterans that connects them directly with another Veteran - someone who "gets it" and can help.
Lines for Life (Call 888-457-4838 or Text MIL1 to 839863): provides a 24/7/365 Military Helpline for free, confidential support to service members, veterans, and their families. Answered by veterans and others trained in military culture, our crisis lines offer compassionate, non-judgmental support and, where appropriate, connect people with the referrals, resources, or treatment they need through tough times.
Operation We Are Here: Resources for the military community and their supporters
A Guide for the Homeless and Those in Need - How to Stop Living Out of Your Car: a comprehensive guide with resources for transitioning into safe and affordable housing, including information on: insurance and health care; affordable food, clothing and showers; applying for jobs; resources for abuse victims; and special programs for veterans.
Mental Health Resources
National Alliance on Mental Illness: provides resources on PTSD including ways to help yourself and more on managing mental health and finding support. They are also a source of mindfulness-based stress reduction information. Contact the NAMI HelpLine at 1-800-950-6264 or if you have questions about PTSD or want help finding support and resources.
Transitioning to Civilian Life
Substance Abuse Resources
Real Warriors: Resources on everything from substance abuse to grief and loss to mental health
Resources for Family and Friends
Helping Someone with PTSD - Helping a Loved One While Taking Care of Yourself: provides information and advice on living with someone who has PTSD, steps for caring for another individual, steps for caring for yourself, and some "dos" and "don'ts" of helping someone with PTSD.
National Alliance on Mental Illness: provides resources on PTSD including an e-learning module, a PTSD Help Guide, links to the NAMI Homefront (a program for family members of veterans and service members whose traumatic experiences are associated with military service), and find mindfulness-based stress reduction information. Contact the NAMI HelpLine at 1-800-950-6264 or if you have questions about PTSD or want help finding support and resources.
Military One Source (1-800-342-9647): You may call this number and request to speak to a counselor. Contracted mental health counselors will confidentially speak with you about your concerns and offer targeted information that can help deal with difficult situations. This is a source for immediate 24/7 person-to-person information. You can also ask about contact information to your local American Legion, Veterans of Foreign War or Disabled American Veterans resources who can be advocates for you.
National Center for PTSD - PTSD is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault. It's normal to have upsetting memories, feel on edge, or have trouble sleeping after this type of event. If symptoms last more than a few months, it may be PTSD. The good news is that there are effective treatments.
Suicide Prevention Resources
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-263-8255): The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Good resource for risk factors, warning signs, and ways to help.