About the VA Veterans Crisis Line and Veterans Chat

VA offers a Veterans Crisis Line staffed by trained professionals. The Crisis Line is available 24 hours a day to help in an immediate crisis. There is also a Chat Service where Veterans can have one-to-one conversations with Crisis Line counselors.

If you are concerned that someone in your life might be considering suicide, watch for the following key warning signs:

* Talking about wanting to hurt or kill oneself
* Trying to get pills, guns, or other means of self-harm
* Talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide
* Exhibiting signs of hopelessness
* Exhibiting rage, uncontrolled anger, or desire to seek revenge
* Acting in a reckless or risky way
* Feeling trapped, as if there is no way out
* Saying or feeling that there’s no reason for living

Remember: The Veterans Crisis Line can provide support at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/suicide_prevention/

Give the Crisis Line number or website to anyone you know who is exhibiting warning signs.

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