When you drive up to the front gate, you might see a promising reminder to Troops about having the courage to seek help. A large sign encourages Military Personnel to take the first step to getting the help they need in order to overcome a personal crisis. You might even see reminders posted in various places around any military installation.
But what do you do when you’re face-to-face with a Veteran in crisis?
A new Public Service Announcement campaign began this September as part of Suicide Prevention Month. If you haven’t seen this, please take a moment and CLICK HERE to view the Veterans Crisis Line “Talking About It Matters” PSA.
Please do all you can to reach out to a Veteran in crisis. We need to reach out and show support to any Veteran going through a tough time. Reaching out is the first step, you can then connect a Veteran to qualified people who can assist any Veteran in need.
Remember, The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential, toll-free hotline, online chat, and text-messaging service. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online at VeteransCrisisLine.net, or text to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Here’s another video that tells the story of a Veteran who decided to call the Veterans Crisis Line: http://www.va.gov/HEALTH/programs/VetsCrisisLine_WakeUpVid.asp
When in doubt, help a Veteran out! You can make a difference!