Be There

September is Suicide Prevention Month

This month — and every month — take a moment to show a Veteran you care.

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Reach out and stay connected to the Veteran in your life. Be There.

For a Veteran facing hard times, your support can provide hope when it’s needed most—and you already have what it takes to show you care. Take a few minutes to check in today.

Here are some ideas to help you get started with a call, text, or email:

Talking on the phone with your Veteran loved ones can strengthen your connection. Calling to just catch up is important—especially during this unpredictable time.

  • Not only does an open and honest conversation help people feel less alone, but it also can give you a window into their experiences.

If you’re worried about someone, you might need to have a more serious conversation.

  • Remind them you are there for them, even if physically apart. It’s easier to feel isolated these days—so reaching out is more important than ever.
  • Validate their experience. Listen more than you speak—don’t dominate the conversation. Even if you can’t relate to what they are going through, you can tell them you understand that they went through something difficult and show them you respect their feelings about it.
  • Let them decide how much information to share. Supportive and encouraging comments, rather than invasive personal questions, will create a space for open communication and avoid putting them on the defensive.
  • If you’re concerned, it’s okay to ask directly if they are thinking about suicide. Asking questions about thoughts of suicide does not increase a person’s suicide risk, and the answers can help you determine the next steps to take.
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Suicide Prevention Month

Suicide is a national public health concern that affects all Americans. September is Suicide Prevention Month, a national month-long initiative originated by VA to amplify awareness around suicide prevention and connect Veterans and their supporters with the resources they need.

Suicide is preventable. Be There emphasizes the role each person plays in preventing Veteran suicide, inspiring hope and action among audiences by encouraging each of them to Be There (even in small ways) to support Veterans, throughout Suicide Prevention Month and each month after.

If someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, contact the Veterans Crisis Line to receive free, confidential support and crisis intervention available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, text 838255, or chat online at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat.