September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Thank you for your assistance to reach suicide prevention stakeholders. We are reaching out to you to help spread the message to our Service Members, Veterans, and Families (SMVF) population. See below for suggested posting. Please advise if additional information is needed. Also, please let me know where you have posted the information (Facebook, websites, twitter, etc.). As always, thank you for the work you do to help create suicide safer communities across the Commonwealth of Virginia.
How can YOU help prevent suicide among Military Service Members, Veterans, and their Families, just #BeThere. For ideas on how simple acts of kindness can help someone feel less alone, please visit the #BeThere campaign page here: https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/BeThere.aspx The site can help you find ways to give back and link persons in need to resources. Your actions could help save a life!
If you’re a Veteran in crisis or you’re concerned about one, responders at the Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255 (press 1) offer help that can make a difference. Caring, qualified VA responders are standing by to provide free and confidential support — 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year — even if you’re not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care. Responders will work with you to get through any personal crisis. Get the support you’ve earned! You can also text for support to 838255.
For (non-emergent) help to find local resources for military and veteran families, including VA services, please contact the Virginia Veteran and Family Support Program for assistance and support 1-877-285-1299.
Vets4Warriors – 24 hour Peer Support Line
Vets4Warriors is a 24 hour toll free confidential peer support line. Every single peer is a veteran that has served in uniform for the United States Military Services, and shares similar experiences and understands what it means to serve the country in peacetime and in times of increased conflict.
- 1-855-VET-TALK (838-8255)
National Call Center for Homeless Veterans
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has founded a National Call Center for Homeless Veterans hotline to ensure that homeless Veterans or Veterans at-risk for homelessness have free, 24/7 access to trained counselors. The hotline is intended to assist homeless Veterans and their families, VA Medical Centers, federal, state and local partners, community agencies, service providers and others in the community. To be connected with a trained VA staff member call:
- 1-877-4AID-VET (424-3838)
National Help Line
- Help exists. Someone is here to listen when you need it. All calls are free and confidential.
- 1-800-273-TALK (273-8255)
USMC 24 Hour Call Center
- 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
National Domestic Violence Hotline
- 1-800-799-SAFE (799-7233)
An easy to remember phone number connecting people with information on available community services. When you dial 2-1-1, a trained professional listens to your situation and suggests sources of help using one of the largest databases of health and human services in Virginia. All referrals are confidential. You can search for these same services on this 2-1-1 VIRGINIA Web site.
Caregiver Support Line
For the caregiver; licensed clinical social workers available to answer your questions, listen to your concerns and directly link you to the Caregiver Support Coordinator at your local VA Medical Center.
By the end of 2011, there will be 300 Vet Centers across the US and surrounding territories (US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Guam, and American Samoa). Click here to find one near you or to speak confidentially with a Vet Center Counselor at any time around the clock call:
- 1-877-WAR-VETS (927-8387)
To connect home owners at risk of foreclosure
VA Home Loan Foreclosure Prevention/Assistance
- 1-877-827-3702 (press 1)