Welcome to the Military Crisis Line

Serving those who serve our country

The Military Crisis Line, text-messaging service, and online chat provide free VA support for all Service members, including members of the National Guard and Reserve, and all Veterans, even if they are not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care.

How to Connect With a Responder

Call

1-800-273-8255

and Press 1

Text 838255

838255

Support for deaf and hard of hearing

1-800-799-4889
    This free support is
  • Confidential
  • Available every day, 24/7
  • And Serves
  • All Veterans
  • All Service members
  • National Guard and Reserves
  • Their family members and friends

The Military Crisis Line is staffed by caring, qualified responders from VA. Many are Veterans themselves. They understand what Service members have been through and the challenges that members of the military and their loved ones face.

Calling from overseas?

In Europe: Call 00800 1273 8255 or DSN 118
In Korea: Call 0808 555 118 or DSN 118
In Afghanistan: Call 00 1 800 273 8255 or DSN 111

You can also use our Crisis Chat and request a call from a responder.

Suicide prevention and mental health information by branch

Learn more about the resources and programs provided by our military using the links below.

  • Air Force

    Provides guidance and advocacy for Air Force Service members at risk for suicide and aims to reduce the rate of active duty Air Force suicides.

  • Army

    Information on the Army’s effort to reduce suicide and minimize suicidal behavior among soldiers and their families, and to improve individual readiness among Service members.

  • Coast Guard

    Manages the suicide prevention program and the various services and resources offered to Service members of the Coast Guard.

  • Marines

    Provides information, support, and education for Marine Corps members and their loved ones who may be at risk for suicide.

  • Navy

    Committed to preventing suicide and increasing wellness among Navy Service members and their families through outreach, education, and mental health advocacy.

  • National Guard

    Aims to prevent suicide among members with a focus on resiliency and reintegration, explored in a six-part video series.