The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Wednesday that it is increasing the support it offers to Veterans in crisis.
In addition to a free and confidential text-message service that will work in tandem with the existing Veterans Crisis Line, the new services will allow former service members and their families to call toll-free from Europe and will provide a higher standard of support as a result of cooperation with Vets Prevail and Vets4Warriors.
What is more, Veterans can now contact the service 24 hours a day, year round, including through direct online chats. Since the program’s founding in 2007, the Veterans Crisis Line has helped prevent more than 18,000 suicides.
If you are a Veteran in crisis, please call 1-800-273-8255 right away.
To learn more about VA’s mental health and suicide prevention efforts, click here.