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:
There were more than 6,000 Veteran suicides each year from 2008 to 2016.
In 2016, the suicide rate was 1.5 times greater for Veterans than for non-Veteran adults, after adjusting for age and gender.
The suicide rate for Veterans ages 18–34 increased substantially, from 40.4 suicide deaths per 100,000 population in 2015 to 45 suicide deaths per 100,000 population in 2016.
After adjusting for age, in 2016, the suicide rate for women Veterans was 1.8 times greater than the suicide rate for non-Veteran women.
The holidays can be a particularly difficult time for current military members, veterans, and family members of service members. Click the button below to see helpful tips for service members and their families during the holidays.
Resources For Friends & Families
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 VeteransCrisisLine.net 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 MakeTheConnection.net to hear from Veterans and their family members who have coped with challenges like yours.