This September, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recognizes Suicide Prevention Month highlighting VA’s Be There campaign, reminding veterans and their loved ones that small actions can make a big difference to veterans going through difficult times.
During this and every month, Be There wants veterans, community leaders and veterans’ families and friends to know there is no special training needed to give a veteran hope.
“There are simple ways anyone can show support for our nation’s veterans like learn ing
Warning signs of suicide
Many veterans don’t show any signs of an urge to harm themselves before doing so. But some may show signs of depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, or hopelessness, like:
tated most of the time
what happens to them
other things they used to care about
shame, failure, lack of purpose in life, or being trapped
They may also change the way they act, and
running red lights).
ing away special personal items, making a
will, or seeking access to guns or pills).
about VA’s suicide prevention efforts and recognizing the signs that a veteran may need help,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “Take a moment to listen with compassion and let
veterans know you’re there for them.”
Be There suggests several simple actions that can help make a difference for a veteran to include:
check-in text, cooking them dinner or simply
asking them how they’re doing.
www.psycharmor.org/courses/s-a-v-e/ to learn
how to respond with care and compassion if
someone indicates they are having thoughts of
at www.mirecc.va.gov/coaching/ where a
licensed psychologist or social worker will
provide loved ones with guidance for motivating veterans to seek support.
VA’s Make the Connection at www.maketheconnection.net/.
For more information and resources, visit
If you or someone you know is having
thoughts of suicide, contact the Veterans Crisis
crisis intervention available 24 hours a day, 7
days a week, 365 days a year. Call 1-800-273-
8255 and Press 1, text to 838255 or chat online