National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Suicide is a concern no matter what community you are a part of, but it has a unique impact on first responders, military veterans and active-duty service members. Rates of suicide are especially high among veterans and those who are serving on active duty, due to the circumstances that members of the military are put in.

With serious contributing factors like trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, stress and anxiety, suicide has always been a major issue for these groups. However, DoD has reported some of the highest suicide rates during the past four years in particular. In 2019, the rate of suicide among active-duty troops was 25.9 per 100,000 troops, and it has been steadily climbing.

Here are some suicide prevention resources for veterans, active-duty troops, and their families.

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Resources for active-duty troops

Military Crisis Line: 800-273-8255

Active-duty troops face situations and circumstances everyday that not only take a physical toll, but that can have long term mental effects as well. Here are some hotlines and programs that can help to address thoughts of self harm and suicidal ideation.

Overseas crisis assistance

Government provided assistance

Military OneSource provides free and confidential therapy for troops and military families. Whether you or someone you know is struggling with depression, anxiety, PTSD or adjusting to a new life, Military OneSource is here to help.

Resources for veterans

Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255

Active duty and military service can leave a lasting impact on veterans. Even years after their service, members of the military face mental health struggles. Preventative action through therapy, medication or even self help is important. Use these resources yourself or send them to a veteran who may find them useful.

  • Make the Connection: This website has everything from additional resources to ways to connect with other veterans near you who may understand what you’re going through.
  • Coaching Into Care: This is a government-based national telephone service for veterans that provides free coaching from licensed psychologists and social workers. You can also call 888-823-7458 for support.
  • Military and Veterans Caregiver Network: Provided by the American Red Cross, this is a community based program that focuses on “peers engaged to exchange experience, empathy, education and encouragement.”

Resources for military families and first responders

Whether you are the loved one of an active-duty troop or a veteran, your mental health can face challenges as well. If you have lost someone to active duty or suicide, its important to seek community. Tragically, suicide is also prevalent among military families.

It’s important that our first responders and veterans feel supported and that they know that there are resources out there. This list of resources are relevant all year around, not just during Suicide Prevention Week. The DoD has more resources that focus on mental health for the military, veterans and their families.