Due to national cell service outages, if you are unable to reach the Veterans Crisis Line from your device, please dial 988 then press 1 from a wired/landline phone. You may also try adjusting device settings to Wi-Fi calling/texting, or can reach out to us through the "VCL Chat Online" button below.

24/7, confidential crisis support

for Veterans and their loved ones

You don't have to be enrolled in VA benefits or health care to connect.

Are you a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one?

You're not alone—the Veterans Crisis Line is here for you. You don't have to be enrolled in VA benefits or health care to call.

24/7 Support

Access free, confidential support 24/7, 365 days a year.

Live Connection

Connect with a real person qualified to support Veterans.

Serves Veterans, Their Families, and Friends

The Veterans Crisis Line serves Veterans, service members, National Guard and Reserve members, and those who support them.

How It Works

  1. Available 24/7:
    Dial 988 then Press 1, chat live, or text 838255

  2. A caring, qualified responder will listen and help.

  3. Your call is free and confidential, and you decide how much information to share.

  4. Support doesn't end with your conversation. Our responders connect you with resources that can help when you're in distress.

Learn More

Signs of Crisis

Some behaviors can be a sign that a Veteran needs help. Learn to spot the warning signs of an emotional or mental health crisis.

Local Resources

No matter what you're experiencing, we have resources and support systems to help get your life back on track.

Veteran Support

VA offers a network of support for all Veterans and their families and friends. You don’t have to be enrolled in VA benefits or health care.