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I am a Veteran or Family/Friend

Whether you’re a Veteran’s spouse, child, parent, sibling, grandparent, friend, or caregiver, the Veterans Crisis Line is here for you. If you are concerned about the safety and well-being of a Veteran, call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 , chat online , or send a text message to 838255 to receive free, confidential support from an experienced, caring VA responder.

Family members and loved ones are often the first to realize a Veteran may need help. Responders at the Veterans Crisis Line are specially trained to help Veterans’ families and friends through any crisis. We’ll work with you to make sure your loved one gets connected to care.

Crisis feels different for everybody and can stem from a wide range of situations. Some Veterans are coping with aging, stress, or lingering effects stemming from their military service, which were never addressed. Many recent Veterans have difficulty with their relationships or the transition back to civilian life.

Whatever’s got your Veteran down—chronic pain, anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, anger, or even homelessness—a Veterans Crisis Line responder can provide support, day or night.


Confidential Help for Veterans and their Families
Text to 8382551-800-273-8255, press 1Click Here to Start a Confidential Veterans Chat

Get the Help You’ve Earned

Confidential support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,365 days a year through the Veterans Crisis Line (1-800-273-8255 and Press 1) and online chat , and text (838255). You can also access resources and information anytime.


Network of Support

The Veterans Crisis Line staff can connect you with VA services to help get your life back on track. Calls can be referred to local Suicide Prevention Coordinators and other VA providers who specialize in issues such as:

  • Post-traumatic stress (PTS/PTSD)
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Military sexual trauma (MST)
  • Family and relationship issues
  • Issues related to OEF/OIF/OND deployments

For more information about VA’s mental health resources, visit www.mentalhealth.va.gov.




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