September is Suicide Prevention Month

 

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) collaborates with the Department of Defense to empower communities to take action to support our Nation’s Service members and Veterans year-round and especially during Suicide Prevention Month in September.

 

Each community across the county plays a role in supporting Service members and Veterans.  You don’t need to have special training to support the Service members and Veterans in your life who may be going through a difficult time in life.  Preventing suicide begins with just the willingness to Be There.

 

When you sense that a Service member or Veteran is not doing well, your words can help.  Keep in mind:  Asking questions about thoughts of suicide does not increase a person’s suicide risk.  An open conversation can help someone feel less alone and let others in to the Service members or Veteran’s experience – and feeling connected is shown to reduce suicide risk.

 

For more information about suicide prevention, visit www.va.gov or call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 Press 1.  Confidential crisis chat at VeteransCrisisLine.net or text to 838255.