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Veterans Suicide Prevention

“In 2020, there were 6,146 Veteran suicides, which averages to 16.8 Veterans dying by suicide every day. Additionally, in the two decades between 2001 and 2020, the prevalence of mental health or substance use disorder (SUD) among participants using Veterans Health Administration (VHA) rose from 27.9% to 41.9%.

The suicide rate for Veterans is 1.5 times higher than that of the general population.

• 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 use
• Withdrawing from family and friends

There are behaviors that may be signs a Veteran needs support. Learn to recognize these warning signs:

The presence of the following signs in a Veteran requires immediate attention:

• When asked, they express a desire to hurt or kill themselves
• When prompted, they reveal that they are looking for ways to kill themselves
• They talk about death, dying, or suicide
• They begin to exhibit self-destructive behavior, such as increased drug or alcohol use, talking about acquiring/using weapons for self-harm, and stockpiling medication

Veteran Self Help Resources

Make the Connection features stories of hope and recovery from Veterans like you. Watch Veterans and their family members share real stories of strength and recovery, find useful information and local mental health resources and explore ways to show your support.

This self-help portal provides tools to help Veterans overcome everyday challenges in an entirely anonymous environment. Using the tools, Veterans can work on problem-solving, manage their anger, develop parenting skills, and more. The free tools are based on mental health practices that have proven successful with Veterans and their families.

Search for free, available VA apps that equip you with tools and information to assist you in managing symptoms and stress, learning to practice mindfulness and strengthening parenting skills.

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Find Local Support

Start your search to find local mental health and suicide prevention resources.

Connect with a Suicide Prevention Coordinator 

Each VA medical center has a Suicide Prevention Coordinator to connect you with the counseling and services needed. Find your local suicide prevention coordinator here.

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