By Caitlin M. Kenney

Don’t suffer in a crisis. If you or someone you know is suffering a personal or mental health crisis, here are some immediate and long term support options available to you. The following information is from Department of Veterans Affairs and the Veterans Crisis Line.

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Call the Veterans Crisis Line at 800-273-8255 and press 1 to talk with someone immediately.

You can also visit to chat with a VA Chat Responder 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, anonymously. They will talk with you even if you are not registered or enrolled in VA health care.

Text 838255 will also get you in contact with a VA Chat Responder.

Identifying signs of crisis

According to the Veterans Crisis Line website, “Veterans who are considering suicide often show signs of depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and/or hopelessness,” including:

  • Withdrawing from friends, family, and society, or sleeping all the time
  • Losing interest in hobbies, work, school, or other things one used to care about
  • Talk about feeling trapped—like there is no way out of a situation
  • Having feelings of desperation, and saying that there’s no solution to their problems
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Self-check quiz

If you feel that you are struggling with stress or depression, you can take this 10-minute self-check quiz. After you complete the quiz, it will be reviewed and you will be connected with a VA Chat Responder who can help offer you options for dealing.

Other support resources

Suicide Prevention Coordinators are available in each VA medical center. Vet Centers can also help you and your family. Find the best resources for you here.

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