All this month, mental health advocates, prevention organizations, survivors, allies and community members come together to promote suicide prevention awareness. Studies show that suicide risk may be higher in people who have PTSD which is why it is so important to make sure Veterans and service members are connected to the right resources should they need help. It is also imperative to know you can be there for military members who may be going through a difficult time by being present, supportive and strong.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has put together some helpful resources and learning tools:
About PTSD and Suicide
- Read about the relationship between trauma, PTSD and suicide.
- Find out about common reactions after trauma, that may include suicide thoughts and behavior.
- Learn to recognize the red flags of emotional crisis.
For a Veteran facing hard times, your support can provide hope when it’s needed most -and you already have what it takes to show you care. Take a few minutes to check in today.
- Share Materials via email or social media
- Watch videos and share via email or social media
- Reach out to a Veteran in your life: #BeThere
If you’re a Veteran or a friend or family member concerned about one, you can call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and press 1. You can also chat online or text 838255.
The VA has also developed the Virtual Hope Box, a smartphone app designed to help Veterans cope with unpleasant emotions and thoughts; a template for developing a safety plan and resources on gun safety.
Additional resources in CDC Document: Preventing Suicide: A Technical Package of Policy, Programs and Practices.