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Veteran Suicide

VA is committed to reducing Veteran suicide and offers a network of support for all Veterans and their families and friends. Veterans in emotional crisis and their loved ones can call the free and confidential Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 , chat online , or send a text message to 838255 to connect with a caring, qualified VA responder who can deal with any immediate crisis.

Each VA Medical Center has a Suicide Prevention Coordinator or team to offer Veterans the services they need. When appropriate, Veterans Crisis Line responders can refer calls to Suicide Prevention Coordinators, who follow up with Veterans and coordinate care for issues ranging from PTSD and depression to readjustment challenges and sleeping problems.

Suicide Prevention Coordinators and VA partners continually engage Veterans and communities to raise awareness about VA’s suicide prevention and behavioral health resources.

VA has established two centers that focus solely on suicide research. These centers study factors that may contribute to suicide risk and develop and test public health intervention strategies for suicide prevention:

For more information about VA’s suicide prevention and mental health resources, please visit

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Suicide Prevention Lifeline U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (SAMHSA)

The Veterans Crisis Line text-messaging service does not store mobile phone numbers of users who access information via text message (SMS) or any personally identifiable information about users without their permission. Message and data rates may apply. Click here to view the full terms of service.