Posted by: micheleaquinn | September 19, 2015

September is Suicide Prevention Month

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September Is Suicide Prevention Month — starting Tuesday, Sept. 1, show your support for the Veterans Crisis Line and spread the word about The Power of 1. Go to VeteransCrisisLine.net/SpreadTheWord to download materials — including posters, editable flyers, Web banners, and social media content — to share with your networks throughout the month. Join #ThePowerOf1 movement by visiting VeteransCrisisLine.net/ThePowerOf1 and stand by our Nation’s Veterans and Service members during Suicide Prevention Month and all year long.

One small act can make a difference. Show your support for Veterans and Service members who may be in crisis and spread the word about The Power of 1. Veterans, Service members, and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, or send a text message to 838255, or chat online to receive free, confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, even if they are not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care.CL300x250Web_Banner0915-2

The responders at the Veterans Crisis Line are specially trained and experienced in helping Veterans of all ages and circumstances — from those coping with mental health issues that were never addressed to recent Veterans dealing with relationships or the transition back to civilian life.

Since its launch in 2007, the Veterans Crisis Line has answered more than 1.86 million calls and made more than 50,000 lifesaving rescues. In 2009, the Veterans Crisis Line added an anonymous online chat service and has engaged in more than 240,000 chats. In November 2011, the Veterans Crisis Line introduced a text-messaging service to provide another way for Veterans to connect with confidential, round-the-clock support, and since then has responded to more than 39,000 texts.

The VA is working to make sure that all Veterans and their loved ones are aware of the Veterans Crisis Line. To reach as many Veterans as possible, the VA is coordinating with communities and partner groups nationwide — including community-based organizations, Veterans Service Organizations, and local health care providers — to let Veterans and their loved ones know that support is available whenever, if ever, they need it.

Act Now
Dial 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 to talk to someone
Start a confidential online chat session at www.VeteransCrisisLine.net/chat
Send a text message to 838255 to connect to a VA responder
Take a self-check quiz at www.VeteransCrisisLine.net/quiz
If you or a Veteran you know is in crisis, find a facility near you
Visit www.MilitaryCrisisLine.net if you are Active Duty, Reserve, or Guard
Connect through chat, text, or TTY if you are deaf or hard of hearing

Learn Now
Identify the Warning Signs
Concerned About a Veteran? You Can Help
Suicide and Crisis Resources
About the Veterans Crisis Line

Source: This article was copied in full from www.mentalhealth.va.gov/suicide-prevention/ in an effort to help our veterans and their families and friends.


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