For veterans, crises can be heightened by their experiences during military service. If you’re a veteran or service member and in crisis, these resources can help.
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.
How To Help
Ask and listen: Be an active part of your loved ones’ support systems and check in with them often. If they show any warning signs for suicide, be direct. Tell them it’s OK to talk about suicidal feelings. Practice active listening techniques and let them talk without judgment.
Get them help and take care of yourself: Don’t be afraid to get your loved one the help they might need. The Lifeline and Veterans Crisis Line are always here to talk or chat, both for crisis intervention and to support friends and loved ones.
Be there: Everyone deals with pain differently. A simple act of kindness to the veteran or service member in your life can help that person feel less alone.