Many people experience an emotional or mental health crisis at some point in their lives. It could be the loss of a job or a relationship, or experiences associated with military service. Veterans and Service members in crisis don’t have to face it alone, nor do their loved ones. If you are in crisis, thinking about hurting yourself, having thoughts of suicide or becoming self-destructive, it is OK to reach out for help. Responders at the Veterans Crisis Line are standing by ready to support you.
The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans and Service members with caring, qualified responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat or text. Support is offered 24/7 at no cost and is available to active duty, National Guard and Reserve members, as well as friends and family members. Many of the responders are Veterans themselves, and they understand what you are going through and the unique challenges that members of the military and their loved ones face.
Learn how to get support anytime, day or night. Call 988 and Press 1 | Chat online | Text to 838255
Support is also available for those who are deaf and hard of hearing. For clinical care, counseling, assistance with benefits, or other needs, check out the Local Resources tool to find services in your area.
Friends and family members who are supporting a loved one are advised to contact the Veterans Crisis Line immediately if the Veteran or Service member is showing signs of crisis, such as:
- Talking about feeling hopeless
- Experiencing anxiety or agitation
- Increasing risky behaviors or substance use
Support continues after your conversation. Crisis line responders can put you in touch with local resources after your call, chat or text. The Veterans Crisis Line can connect Veterans or Service members to their local suicide prevention coordinators, who follow up to coordinate care.
Whether you are experiencing a crisis or know someone who is, help is only a phone call, online chat or text away. Reach out for the help you need to get back on track.