Help reduce the number of veterans suicides

The American Legion National and the Department of Veterans Affairs provide information on Veterans who are at risk and how to get them help.

Veterans who are in crisis or having thoughts of suicide, and those who know a Veteran in crisis, can call the Veterans Crisis Line for confidential support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Call 800-273-8255 and press 1, chat online at Veterans Crisis Line, or text to 838255.

Additionally, if you know of a veteran who is showing signs of depression or has talked about suicide, there are many ways you can help. For example, pay the veteran a visit, meet up for coffee, or invite him or her to participate in a healthy activity like walking or biking.

The American Legion has also prepared a brochure to help with identifying symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and where to seek help. Download “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: A guide to identification and getting help,” for free here.

 

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