National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Are you a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one?
Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are Veterans themselves.
How To Take Care Of Yourself
Crisis feels different for everybody and can arise from a wide range of situations before, during, or after military service.
Ask for help: Don’t be afraid to let your friends know what you need when they ask; they want to help. You can also reach out to confidential 24/7 services like the Veterans Crisis Line.
Find a support group: Talk to other veterans who have gone through the same kind of trauma that you have.
Make a safety plan: Have a step-by-step plan ready for if/when you feel depressed, suicidal, or in crisis, so you can start at step one and continue through the steps until you feel safe.
Chaplains maintain absolute confidentiality for all Soldiers and Family members regardless of rank or position.
Military Family Life Consultants (MLFCs): provide anonymous, fully confidential, short-term, non-medical counseling to all Army Component members and their Families.
Medical Treatment Facility
Unit Psychologists / Behavioral Health Officers: Can provide opportunities for short-term consultation, performance enhancement, or counseling, and is an ideal entry point for Soldiers to seek assistance.
Primary Care Clinic - Behavioral Health Department
Breaking the Stigma is Army Special Operations Command comprehensive approach to help dispel the myths of seeking behavioral healthcare.
Breaking the Stigma employs a full range of training geared towards educating USASOC Soldiers, Leaders, and Family members of primary stigma factors and barriers to care as well as best practices for mitigating behavioral health stigmas.
In Breaking the Stigma video, members of the ARSOF community share their combat experiences, their reactions, their challenges confronting beliefs about their problems and solutions, and their message of encouragement to those who are struggling with the decision to get help.