Free, 24/7, confidential support is a call away. The Veterans Crisis Line can help even if you’re not enrolled in VA benefits or health care.

Dial 988 then Press 1

If you are a Veteran, service member, or any person concerned about one who is hard of hearing, you can connect with professional, caring VA responders through online chat and text message (838255). For TTY users: Use your preferred relay service or dial 711 then 988.

Calling from Overseas?

Europe: Call +1 844-702-5495 (off base) or DSN 988 (on base)

Southwest Asia: Call +1 855-422-7719 (off base) or DSN 988 (on base)

Pacific: Call +1 844-702-5493 (off base) or DSN 988 (on base)

*Each of these numbers is assigned to a different U.S. Department of Defense Area of Responsibility. If you have trouble reaching the Veterans Crisis Line with the assigned number for the region you are calling from, try one of the other numbers. (see the Military Crisis Line page for more details about overseas calling)

What to Expect

If you're a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one, call to reach caring, qualified VA responders 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  1. A qualified responder will answer your call, ready to listen and help.

  2. The responder will ask a few questions, such as whether you or the Veteran or service member you’re concerned about may be in immediate danger or at risk for suicide.

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

  4. Support doesn't end with your conversation. Our responders can connect you with the resources you need.

  5. Afterward you may be connected with your local suicide prevention coordinator, who will contact you the next business day for continued support.

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Other Ways to Reach the Veterans Crisis Line

If you're experiencing a crisis or supporting someone who is, the Veterans Crisis Line can help.

Privacy and Security

The Veterans Crisis Line is a confidential, secure resource. You choose whether to share personal information.

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