The rate of suicide is a problem for all in the U.S. and is significantly higher among veterans. According to the V.A. National Suicide Data Report | U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs, there were more than 6,000 Veteran suicides each year from 2008 to 2016. In 2016, the suicide rate was 1.5 times greater for Veterans than for non-Veteran adults, after adjusting for age and gender. Programs and services have been established to help veterans and their loved ones.
Veterans in crisis and their loved ones can call, text, or chat to connect with caring VA responders at the free and confidential Veterans Crisis Line. Responders are qualified to deal with any immediate crisis.
If you are a Veteran or you know a Veteran who is showing any of these signs, call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat, or text to 838255.
To learn more about the issue of Veteran suicide as well as VA mental health resources, please visit www.mentalhealth.va.gov, where you’ll find the latest national and state-level research.
Veterans and their loved ones also can visit MakeTheConnection.net to explore information on mental health issues and hear stories from Veterans who have faced challenges like theirs, including posttraumatic stress disorder, substance use problems, transitioning from service, and more.
International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is Nov. 17, 2018
About Survivor Day
Survivor Day is the one day a year when people affected by suicide loss gather around the world at events in their local communities to find comfort and gain understanding as they share stories of healing and hope. On Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, loss survivors will gather around the globe in small and large events while growing together in their grief journey.
Survivor Day Calendar go to https://afsp.org/find-support/ive-lost-someone/survivor-day/
- 07 NOV FACEBOOK LIVE DISCUSSION ON HEALING AFTER SUICIDE LOSS
- 12 NOV AFSP TWITTER CHAT – HEALING AFTER A SUICIDE LOSS
- 14 NOV ASK DR. JILL FACEBOOK LIVE – HEALING AFTER SUICIDE LOSS
- 17 NOV SURVIVOR DAY – IN PERSON OR VIA FACEBOOK LIVE