When to contact the Veterans Crisis Line

For Veterans or active duty Servicemembers in crisis:

If you’re thinking of hurting yourself, looking for ways to kill yourself, or becoming self-destructive, don’t continue to face it alone. Contact the Veterans Crisis Line immediately and a responder will listen and help you through your immediate crisis. Your conversation will be completely anonymous and confidential. If you’re unsure about getting in touch, take this self-check quiz.

For family members and friends:

Supporting a loved one through a crisis can feel overwhelming, but responders at the Veterans Crisis Line can help. Contact the Veterans Crisis Line immediately if the Veteran or Servicemember in your life is showing signs of crisis — such as talking about feeling hopeless; experiencing sleeplessness, anxiety, or agitation; or increasing risky behaviors or substance use. VA’s responders understand what Veterans of all ages and circumstances have been through, and they are dedicated to providing family members and friends with immediate crisis support for helping your loved one.

For Veterans NOT in immediate crisis:

Help is always available. Suicide Prevention Coordinators are at all VA Medical Centers (VAMCs) nationwide and work closely with Veterans dealing with mental health conditions and with difficult life events and experiences. Veterans can depend on these local coordinators to help them navigate VA’s network of care and to connect them with the most appropriate treatment and support plan. Veterans can schedule an appointment with the coordinator in their area by contacting their local VAMC or by using the VA resource locator.

Visit Explore VA today for a fast and easy way to learn what programs Veterans and their families may be eligible for and to begin the application process.

Other VA Resources:

For Benefits:

VA Benefits Administration (VBA)

  • Disability pension and compensation
  • Home loans
  • Survivor benefits
  • Vocational rehabilitation

For Veteran Homelessness:

National Call Center for Homeless Veterans (NCCHV)

  • Shelter information
  • Housing and financial assistance
  • Referrals to local homelessness points of contact
  • Vocational services

For General Veteran Support:

Vet Center Call Center

  • Inquiries for local services
  • Combat- and military-focused issues
  • Adjustment issues
  • Individual and family counseling

For Pharmacy:

VA HRC Pharmacy Customer Care Line

  • Local VAMC pharmacy services
  • Refills, renewals, medication tracking, and general questions

For Active Duty:

Military OneSource

  • Military and family resources
  • Financial services, counseling, and referrals
  • Wide variety of services

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