September Is Suicide Prevention Month

It’s an opportunity to increase public awareness about the warning signs of suicide risk, to provide information about the resources available to aid someone in crisis, and to show how individuals, organizations, and communities can work together to save lives.

During Suicide Prevention Month and year-round the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) works with organizations across the country to raise awareness of suicide prevention and mental health resources and to encourage communities to support Veterans, Servicemembers, and their families and friends.

VA collaborates with community groups, Veterans Service Organizations, health care providers, corporations, educational institutions, government agencies, and others that serve, employ, or support Veterans to spread the word that help is available. These stakeholders help VA remind Veterans, Servicemembers, and their loved ones that free, confidential crisis support from the Veterans Crisis Line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Get Involved

Be there for Veterans and Servicemembers.

We can all play a role in preventing suicide, and it doesn’t require a grand gesture or complicated task. Helping someone feel included and supported can make a big difference during a challenging time. The Be There campaign emphasizes that small actions — like calling up an old friend, checking in on a neighbor, or inviting a colleague on a walk — are thoughtful ways to show someone you care. Your actions can help someone going through a tough time to feel less alone.

Spread the Word