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For veterans, crises can be heightened by their experiences during military service. If you’re a veteran or service member and in crisis, these resources can help.

How To Take Care Of Yourself

Crisis feels different for everybody and can arise from a wide range of situations before, during, or after military service.

Ask for help: Don’t be afraid to let your friends know what you need when they ask; they want to help. You can also reach out to confidential 24/7 services like the Veterans Crisis Line.

Find a support group: Talk to other veterans who have gone through the same kind of trauma that you have.

Find custom services for your needs: Access confidential Homeless Veterans Chat and see resources for homeless Veterans.

Make a safety plan: Have a step-by-step plan ready for if/when you feel depressed, suicidal, or in crisis, so you can start at step one and continue through the steps until you feel safe.

How To Help

Ask and listen: Be an active part of your loved ones’ support systems and check in with them often. If a they show any warning signs for suicide, be direct. Tell them it’s OK to talk about suicidal feelings. Practice active listening techniques and let them talk without judgment.

Get them help and take care of yourself: Don’t be afraid to get your loved one the help they might need. The Lifeline and Veterans Crisis Line are always here to talk or chat, both for crisis intervention and to support friends and loved ones.

Be there: Everyone deals with pain differently. A simple act of kindness to the veteran or service member in your life can help that person feel less alone.

Stories of Hope and Recovery

  • Max returned from the Marines and sought treatment to combat his internal conflicts. Returning to school and utilizing the support around him was crucial to his recovery.

    "You can understand those negative cycles and get out of them and understand that what you went can change that if you're aware of what's happening."

    Read Max's Story
  • After her military career, Ashley embarked on a journey to empowerment and validation. She stresses taking the necessary steps to start the path to healing.

    "Get the help that's there. The more you talk about it, the easier it is. And the more you talk about it out loud, the more organized the situation becomes in your head. It's not always going to be an easy ride...but if we can take that and not let it bring us down, but rise us up, we can do extremely wonderful things in the world."

    Read Ashley's Story