For too many Veterans and service members suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health challenges, suicide becomes a harsh reality. Often, it’s difficult for friends and family members to help someone who is thinking about taking their own life. But at VA, we know that support can make a big impact. Through compassion and small acts of kindness, we help chip away at suicidal thoughts.

Suicide Prevention Month

September is Suicide Prevention Month, and we’re working hard to not only raise awareness of suicide prevention, but make leaps in helping others, too. Through nationwide efforts that team up with community organizers, health care providers, corporations, educational institutions, and other government agencies, it’s our duty to help heroes in need. By spreading the message and educating people around the country on suicide and suicide prevention, our goal is to ensure everyone can play a role—big or small—in saving a life.

#BeThere

To help generate more visibility on this far-too-common issue, we launched the social campaign #BeThere to showcase how others can make a difference through support. It doesn’t stop there, though. Thanks to the Veterans Crisis Line team, we’re talking directly to Veterans and service members in need of immediate support. Through the Crisis Hotline, we’re actively Being There for those who need it the most.

Mental health issues challenge many Veterans and we want to be sure that VHA is there and ready to help them, when they need it most. If you’re considering a career in the mental health field, please take advantage of the many opportunities we have and Join Us.

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Published on Sep. 9, 2016

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  1. Linda Pierce September 17, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Suicide Prevention in veterans is an important factor in the Veterans lives. I read this article on #Being there, being there for someone that is thinking about suicide is a good thing, however, like my husband when he committed suicide there was no signs entailing that that suicide was in his plans the day he shot himself. So trying to be there for your spouse, partner or any loved one is impossible. I do wish that i know that my husband had plan on harming himself or killing hisself.
    God Bless to all the Veterans out there. Please if you are thinking of taking your life, please seek help don’t be ashamed. I was left with the shame and so much other depressing issuing when my husband committed suicide.

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