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One person has the power to give Service members, their loved ones, and DoD civilians access to confidential support and resources through the Military Crisis Line (MCL).
1 person can have an impact on some one in crisis, recognize warning signs, intervene, chat, or make one call; it only takes one person or one act to save another person's life. The Department of Defense, in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs, continues the "Power of 1" campaign.
"Every loss due to suicide is tragic, and we recognize that even one suicide is too many ... I ask each of you to make a personal commitment to participate in the "Power of One" campaign by taking just one step to help someone you see in need."
The Military Crisis Line, online chat, and text-messaging service is confidential and free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to all service members, including members of the National Guard and Reserve, Veterans, and their families. Speak confidentially with a trained, caring VA responder, and get connected to services that can make a difference.
Find localized help and support getting your life back on track, no matter where you are or what you are experiencing. More
The following quiz is a voluntary and confidential way to learn whether stress and depression might be affecting you.
The Defense Suicide Prevention Office provides advocacy, program oversight, and policy for the Department of Defense suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention efforts to reduce suicidal behaviors in Service members and their families in order to increase the readiness of the force. More
Speak confidentially with a trained, caring VA responder and get connected to services that can make a difference. Chat online or text with a VA responder to receive instant anonymous support. Deaf or hard of hearing individuals using TTY can call 1-800-799-4889. More
Veterans Affairs (VA) is working to make sure that all veterans and their loved ones know that support is available whenever, if ever, they need it. VA coordinates with communities and partner groups nationwide, including Veteran Service Organizations and local health care providers. More
Watch videos from the Department of Veterans Affairs and other organizations about reaching out for help. More
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"The battle to prevent suicide cannot be waged on a single front. It will only be won if we stand together and take every opportunity - in our homes, at our duty stations, and in conversations with friends and mentors - to support each other and be there for those in our communities who need our help. By fighting as one team, we will help prevent suicide."
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