Life stressors and other events can lead military personnel — no matter the role, rank, duty station, or other factors — to deal with a sensitive issue or have suicidal thoughts, and possibly make a potentially life-threatening decision.
Along with resources provided at a duty station, such as counselors, chaplains, advisors, and other care providers, Military OneSource and the Military/Veterans Crisis Line can also support Service members and their families.
Military One/Source: This Department of Defense resource is available 24/7 to service members and their families and provides access to “trusted information, resources and confidential help” with various aspects of military life, such as:
For more information about Military OneSource, go to https://www.militaryonesource.mil/health-wellness/ or call 800-342-9647
Military/Veterans Crisis Line: This fully confidential suicide prevention hotline provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs is available 24/7 to provide assistance, resources, and/or an ear to Service members experiencing “thoughts about hurting themselves, having thoughts of suicide, or becoming self-destructive.”
Three forms of communication are available:
The crisis line is available to all Service members, active duty or reserve, whether they are experiencing the crisis or calling on behalf of another Service member in crisis or exhibiting warning signs.
For more information about the Military/Veterans Crisis Line, go to https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/, call 800-273-8255 and press 1, or text 838255.
Along with resources provided at the duty station, such as counselors, chaplains, and other care providers, Military OneSource is a valuable support tool for Service members and their families.
This year’s National Suicide Prevention Month theme, Connect to Protect: Support is Within Reach, highlights the importance of connecting fellow Marines, leaders, family, friends, and the community to available resources on suicide prevention.