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VA is here for the people who support our Veterans.

Whether you’re a Veteran’s spouse, child, parent, sibling, grandparent, friend, or caregiver, the Veterans Crisis Line is here for you. If you are concerned about the safety and well-being of a Veteran, stand by them. Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive free, confidential support from an experienced, caring U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs responder.

Family members, caregivers, and loved ones are often the first to realize a Veteran may be in crisis and need support. Responders at the Veterans Crisis Line are specially trained to help Veterans’ families and friends make sure their loved ones get connected to care.

Confidential Help for Veterans and Their Families

Get Them the Help They've Earned

Confidential support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year through the Veterans Crisis Line (1-800-273-8255 and Press 1), online chat, and text (838255). You can also access resources and information anytime.

Network of Support

The Veterans Crisis Line can put you in touch with VA services that can help your loved one get his or her life back on track. Calls can be referred to local Suicide Prevention Coordinators and other VA providers who specialize in issues such as:

  • Post-traumatic stress (PTS/PTSD)
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Military sexual trauma (MST)
  • Family and relationship issues
  • Issues related to OEF/OIF/OND deployments

For more information about VA’s mental health resources, visit www.mentalhealth.va.gov.

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