Knowing some of the warning signs to support a Veteran in crisis can help you recognize when to get help for your loved one or friend.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were more than 45,000 suicides in the United States in 2020. Suicide risks affect numerous people in the U.S. but Veterans have substantially higher rates of death by suicide.

Social determinants of health (SDOH) – social, economic, and physical factors in the environments where people live, work, play, worship and age – affect the health and wellbeing of individuals. Positive SDOH – opportunities for physical activity, socialization, employment, and food security – are connected to better health and quality of life for Veterans, which may help reduce the risk of death by suicide.

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