Crisis Text

Confidential Support Is Just A Text Away

If you’re a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one, there are caring, qualified VA responders standing by to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Text to 838255

The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, anonymous, confidential resource that’s available to anyone, even if you’re not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care. The Veterans Crisis Line does not charge for texting to 838255, but message and data rates may apply.

What to Expect

You can text as much or as little as you like to get the confidential conversation started. A trained responder will text you back and ask you a few questions. You may text STOP at any time to end the conversation.

The Veterans Crisis Line is also available by phone or online chat:

Text Terms of Service

The Veterans Crisis Line keeps conversations confidential. Information about you is used with your permission to coordinate care at your local VA and may be used without your permission to assist in case of emergency or as required by law. 

The Veterans Crisis Line text-messaging service does not charge for texting to 838255. Cellphone carrier message and/or data rates may apply.