Veterans in Crisis

For veterans, crises can be heightened by their experiences during military service. If you’re a veteran or service member in crisis, these resources can help:

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Resources For Friends & Families

Warning Signs:

Sometimes, a crisis may involve thoughts of suicide. Learn to recognize these warning signs:

  • Hopelessness; feeling like there’s no way out

  • Anxiety, agitation, sleeplessness, or mood swings

  • Feeling like there is no reason to live

  • Rage or anger

  • Engaging in risky activities without thinking

  • Increasing alcohol or drug misuse

  • Withdrawing from family and friends

The presence of the following signs requires immediate attention:

  • Thinking about hurting or killing yourself

  • Looking for ways to kill yourself

  • Talking about death, dying, or suicide

  • Self-destructive behavior such as drug misuse, carelessly handling weapons, etc.

If you or the Veteran in your life is feeling depressed, anxious, hopeless, or as if life has no purpose, but is not in immediate danger, we encourage you to:

  • Visit to learn about support that is available to you.

  • Use our resource locator to discover the suicide prevention resources in your area, including VA medical centers and Suicide Prevention Coordinators.

Visit to hear from Veterans and their family members who have coped with challenges like yours.