September is Suicide Prevention Month

September is Suicide Prevention Month

United States’ war veterans and servicemen and women often experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse, depression, and suicidal thoughts after separating from the military. Recently, these problems have been worsening, and some Department of Veterans Affairs organizations have been working hard to find a solution to this epidemic in recent years.

According to estimates, one-third of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have mental health problems. To silence their pain, many of these individuals turn to drugs and alcohol. This could be because service members returning to civilian life often struggle to integrate back into their families’ lives. Even those with good support systems in place can succumb to substance abuse or suicide.  

Suicides in the United States are very common among veterans. Despite often being tough and driven, veterans can need help, too. Regardless of his or her specific needs, the VA is always around to help. The VA and local area providers can help veterans through life's difficulties and help to prevent suicide.

Regardless of whether you're a veteran or a veteran ally, there are many ways to get or give help:

  • Taking advantage of VA devices to get help while carrying on with life's difficulties

  • Contact VAPIHCS Mental Health Triage for veterans who need psychological wellness administrations at 1-800-214-1306.

  • Make the Connection, where over 600 veterans and relatives share their accounts of solidarity and healing.

  • If you are an ally, connect, offer help, and support the veterans you know to request help when they need it.

  • MyVA411 is the main information line where veterans, their families, and guardians can call 1-800-MyVA411 (800-698-2411) to get data on VA advantages and administrations effortlessly.

There are many VA organizations in the United States to support veterans' families during mental instability, including the Veteran Crisis Line. VA's Veterans Crisis Line is accessible by anyone, regardless of health insurance status or registration with the VA. It provides free, confidential support and intervention if you or a loved one is contemplating suicide.