Holidays, Veterans and Crisis Hotline

by Rachel Baker on November 24, 2014

Let’s be honest, the holidays are sometimes tough even if you aren’t one of the 1 in 5 people that had a diagnosable mental health disorder last year. Imagine how tough every day must be if you are one of the combat veterans who are dealing with all the residual effects of their time in the military. That said, since 2001, more veterans have died by their own hand than in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, one veteran dies by suicide in America every 80 minutes.

There is a wonderful Crisis Hotline, staffed with only 250 people, but available 365 days, 24 hours a day, for veterans and their loved ones to call to get help during suicidal crisis moments. Veterans and their families and friends 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.

With the holidays coming, I thought it was important to pass on some information that people may not know but could help save a life. Please pass this on to anyone you think might benefit from this information. Remember, we’ve been at war for 12 years this time, and then there are all those other wars we had…probably everyone knows a veteran or two.

There’s also an amazing short documentary I just saw called Crisis Hotline, Veterans Press 1  that was totally worth seeing you have a chance. Beware: You may need some tissues.

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