If you are the parent of a combat Marine who is struggling with reintegration, please contact us. We offer education and a place to connect and share with others who understand the helplessness you may be feeling. We have been in touch with far too many veterans and veteran families affected by suicide from suicide attempt survivors to families mourning the unbearable loss of their loved one to suicide. Our Marine Parents Founder said it best: "One suicide is too many. One more suicide is too late."
Take time today to learn the signs of suicide risk and help spread the word about mental health resources. The Veterans Crisis Line reminds us that one small act can make a big difference. We can work together to save lives.
You can put a bag full of tools and resources in the hands of a veteran to aid in reintegration after combat deployments. Request a Warrior Reintegration Bag today.
*Identifying Signs of Crisis
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) urges groups and individuals nationwide to stay alert for signs of suicide risk. The first step in preventing suicide is understanding the warning signs; people may show signs of risk before considering harming themselves. Warning signs include:
- Hopelessness, feeling like there is no way out
- Anxiety, agitation, sleeplessness, or mood swings
- Feeling like there is no reason to live
- Rage or anger
- Engaging in risky activities without thinking
- Increasing alcohol or drug abuse
- Withdrawing from family and friends
The presence of the following signs requires immediate attention:
- Thinking about hurting or killing yourself
- Looking for ways to kill yourself
- Talking about death, dying, or suicide
- Self-destructive behavior such as drug abuse, weapons, etc.
If you notice these warning signs, tell a Veteran about the Veterans Crisis Line, or make the call yourself. Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online today at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat, or text to 838255 for free, confidential support, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
*Information provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Crisis Line.
The American Association of Suicidology provides additional information on the warning signs of suicide. To learn more, click here or visit www.suicidology.org/resources/warning-signs.
Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Resources
Veterans Crisis Line
The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Mental Health Website
The VA Mental Health website provides an abundance of information, suicide prevention resources, and educational materials from a Suicide Attempt Survivor Family Resource Guide and information on how to talk to a child about a suicide attempt in your family to links to additional suicide prevention organizations like the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. To learn more, click here or visit www.mentalhealth.va.gov/index.asp.
Militarymentalhealth.org was created by the Military Pathways program and the Department of Defense. Military Pathways provides free, anonymous mental health and alcohol self-assessments for family members and service personnel in all branches including the National Guard and Reserve. For the Militarymentalhealth.org anonymous mental health self-assessment, click here or visit www.militarymentalhealth.org.
Vets Prevail is an online resource provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that was built in collaboration with the Veterans Health Administration, the National Science Foundation, and leading mental health researchers and clinicians. Vets Prevail is an innovative new online mental health tool that is tailored specifically to today's Veterans. To learn more, click here or visit https://www.vetsprevail.org.
afterdeployment (AD) provides self-care solutions targeting post-traumatic stress, depression, and other behavioral health challenges commonly faced after a deployment. For the suicide prevention portion of the afterdployment website, including a Suicide Prevention Workbook, click here or visit afterdeployment.t2.health.mil/topics-suicide-prevention.
Additional Suicide Prevention Resources
For a list of national organizations and federal agencies with information on suicide prevention, click here to view a list provided by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center or visit www.sprc.org/basics/national-organizations.