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Posted on: September 16, 2015

[ARCHIVED] September is Suicide Awareness Month


One small act can make a big difference in the life of a Veteran or Service member in crisis.

The Veterans Crisis Line is asking you to think about The Power of 1 and how a single act can encourage Veterans to access confidential support and resources. Everyone can be the person who makes a difference in a Veteran’s life, and connecting with support doesn’t have to be hard. The Veterans Crisis Line can help.

Free, Confidential Resources
The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource that Veterans, their families, and their friends can access every day at any time. Trained responders — some of them Veterans themselves — are ready to listen, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Since launching in 2007, the Veterans Crisis Line has answered more than 1.6 million calls and made more than 45,000 lifesaving rescues.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) counts on grass-roots networks and community organizations to spread the word that support is just a call, click, or text away — because one small act can make a big difference.

Identifying Signs of Crisis
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 as if there’s no way out
? Anxiety, agitation, sleeplessness, or mood swings
? Feeling as if there’s 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 (drug abuse, weapons, etc.)

If you notice these warning signs in a Veteran, tell him or her about the Veterans Crisis Line, or make the call yourself. Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online at, or text to 838255 for free, confidential support, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Spread the Word
Help Veterans Crisis Line show how the Power of 1 single act can save a life.

Visit to download free outreach materials, including flyers to print and distribute, digital ads to display on your website, and content to post on social networks or publish in newsletters. Learn how you and your community can work together to prevent suicide.

No one can do everything, but everyone can do something. We are all part of the solution, and it starts with one small act.

Visit to learn more.

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