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“As a military community it’s our duty to support one another on and off the battlefield. So this month and every month let’s be there for one another, to help prevent suicide."
Defense Secretary Ash Carter
Message From Keita Franklin, Director
Defense Suicide Prevention Office
"Every suicide is a tragic loss to our nation and those impacted. The family and friends left behind who must deal with the aftermath of the event and put those events in perspective may, in some cases, never know why the service member or veteran took their life. Suicide is the culmination of complex interactions between biological, social, economic, cultural and psychological factors operating at the individual, community and societal levels. We are committed to fostering collaboration and cooperation to develop
suicide prevention efforts among all stakeholders, including the military
services; federal agencies; public, private and international entities; and
institutions of higher education."
Defense Suicide Prevention Office
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 Veterans Affairs responder, and get connected to services that can make a difference.
The Defense Department BeThere Peer Support Call and Outreach Center
provides targeted help for any area of life to active duty, National Guard
and reserve members and their families. The call and outreach center is
staffed by veterans and military spouses and is available 24/7/365 by phone,
text or live chat.
Find localized help and support getting your life back on track, no matter where you are or what you are experiencing. More
The Virtual Hope Box is a smartphone application. It contains simple tools to help patients with coping, relaxation, distraction and positive thinking. It provides personalized, supportive audio, video, pictures, games, mindfulness exercises, positive messages and activity planning, inspirational quotes, coping statements and other tools. More
The Defense Suicide Prevention Office provides advocacy, program oversight and policy for the Defense Department's suicide prevention, intervention and postvention efforts to reduce suicidal behaviors in service members and their families to increase the readiness of the force. More
Speak confidentially with a trained, caring Veterans Affairs 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
The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention is the public-private partnership advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. More
Military OneSource provides comprehensive information on every aspect of military life at no cost to active duty, Guard and reserve component members and their families. Find helpful resources, products, articles and tips on numerous topics related to military life. More
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. More
Free online training and resources for National Guard and reserve members, loved ones and prevention professionals. More
Watch videos from the Department of Veterans Affairs and other organizations about reaching out for help. More
Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury 2016 Summit. More
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My Bike is My Medication
Camp Murray Holds Prevention Event
"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."
One Sailor's story of coming back from the brink