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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE: Suicide Prevention and Awareness
Updated September 2, 2014

Suicide Prevention

The Power of One

One person has the power to teach resilience, recognize warning signs, intervene, chat, or make a call;
it only takes one person or one act to save another person's life.

The Department of Defense, in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs, has launched
the "Power of 1" campaign in observance of DoD Suicide Prevention Month, September 2014.

Resources

Military/Veterans Crisis Line

1-800-273-8255
Confidential chat at MilitaryCrisisLine.net or text 838255

The Military Crisis Line, online chat, and text-messaging service is confidential and free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to all service members, including members of the National Guard and Reserve, Veterans, and their families. Speak confidentially with a trained, caring VA responder, and get connected to services that can make a difference.

VA Resource Locator

Find localized help and support getting your life back on track, no matter where you are or what you are experiencing. More

VA Self Check Quiz

The following quiz is a voluntary and confidential way to learn whether stress and depression might be affecting you. More

Defense Suicide Prevention Office -
Readiness, Resilience, Support & Strength

The Defense Suicide Prevention Office strives to help foster a climate that encourages service members to seek help for behavioral health issues, and works with the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and the National Guard Bureau to support service members and strengthen a resilient and ready force. More

Help for Hearing Impaired

1-800-799-4889 (Text Telephone)

Speak confidentially with a trained, caring VA responder and get connected to services that can make a difference. Chat online or text with a VA responder to receive instant anonymous support. Deaf or hard of hearing individuals using TTY can call 1-800-799-4889. More

Vets4Warriors (V4W)

1-855-838-8255 | Info@Vets4Warriors.com

Vets4Warriors (V4W) provides free, confidential peer-to-peer support to Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve service members, and their families, by phone, online chat, or email. The program aims to strengthen coping skills and resilience through peer-to-peer counseling, referrals, resilience case management and outreach support services. More

Department of Veterans Affairs Suicide Prevention Program

Veterans Affairs (VA) is working to make sure that all veterans and their loved ones know that support is available whenever, if ever, they need it. VA coordinates with communities and partner groups nationwide, including Veteran Service Organizations and local health care providers. More

VA Suicide Prevention Videos

Watch videos from the Department of Veterans Affairs and other organizations about reaching out for help. More

Articles

Seek Help Immediately

  • If you are:
  • Thinking about hurting or killing yourself
  • or
  • Looking for ways to kill yourself
  • or
  • Talking about death, dying, or suicide
  • or
  • Self-destructive behavior such as drug abuse, weapons, etc.

Identify the Warning Signs

  • Hopelessness, feeling like there's no way out
    1
  • Anxiety, agitation, sleeplessness or mood swings
    2
  • Feeling like there is no reason to live
    3
  • Rage or anger
    4
  • Engaging in risky activities without thinking
    5
  • Increasing alcohol or drug abuse
    6
  • Withdrawing from family and friends
    7

"The battle to prevent suicide cannot be waged on a single front. It will only be won if we stand together and take every opportunity - in our homes, at our duty stations, and in conversations with friends and mentors - to support each other and be there for those in our communities who need our help. By fighting as one team, we will help prevent suicide."

- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel click for full message

Photo Essay

Camp Murray Holds Prevention Event

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