You are not alone. There is support.
The Defense Department takes the issue of suicide very seriously and is actively working to reduce the number of suicides.
Defense Suicide Prevention Office serves as the government oversight authority for the strategic development, implementation, centralization, standardization, communication and evaluation of Defense Department suicide and risk reduction programs, policies and surveillance activities to reduce the impact of suicide on service members and their families.
Everyone can help prevent suicide. Know how to recognize common risk factors including chronic pain; feelings of guilt, anger, or shame; exposure to trauma; a sense of hopelessness; relationship problems; and posttraumatic stress disorder. If you are experiencing any of these behaviors or notice them in friends and family who have served in the military, encourage them to seek help right away.
Service members in crisis should seek help immediately by contacting the Military Crisis Line. Dial 800-273-8255 (press 1 for military) for 24/7 crisis support. The crisis line, found at http://militarycrisisline.net, also provides a chat and text service.
Suicide Prevention Resources
Service Specific Resources
- Talking about losing a family member to suicide is tough at any age, but it’s even more difficult to try to explain this loss to a child. Sesame Workshop’s “Talk, Listen, Connect” episode When Families Grieve presents families' personal stories about coping with the death of a parent, as well as strategies that have helped these families move forward.
- Supporting Military Families in Crisis
- Real Warriors Campaign raises awareness of the signs and symptoms of psychological health concerns and encourages those coping with invisible wounds to reach out for psychological health care and support.
- Afterdeployment offers a variety of wellness resources for service members, veterans and families to include online assessments and workshops.
- Military Pathways is a psychological health screening and referral program for military families and service members affected by deployment and mobilization. This voluntary and anonymous program is offered online, by phone, and through special events held at installations and reserve units.
- TRICARE offers a Mental Health Resource Center for service members and their families.
- Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is the 24/7 tragedy assistance resource for ANYONE who has suffered the loss of a military loved one, regardless of the relationship to the deceased or the circumstance of the death.
- Blue Star Mothers of America are mothers who now have, or have had, children honorably serving in the military.
- Deployment Health Clinical Center Suicide Prevention
- Military OneSource provides support to all branches of the military and offers direct access to medical professionals through face-to-face, online, email and phone sessions.
- Vets4Warriors (V4W) provides free, confidential peer-to-peer support to active duty, National Guard and reserve service members, as well as their families, by phone, online chat or email. The program aims to strengthen coping skills and resilience through peer-to-peer counseling, referrals, resilience case management and outreach support services. Call 855-838-8255 or email Info@Vets4Warriors.com.