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Veterans are trained to carry the heavy stuff, but they don’t have to go through anything alone. During Suicide Prevention Month, held every September, take a moment and Reach Out for support.

Reach Out is a new awareness campaign from VA. Big life moments – like transitioning from the military, starting or retiring from a job, ending a relationship, or raising kids – can be overwhelming.

Veterans can find help through VA resources or connecting with loved ones and fellow Veterans.

Here are some ways you can reach out this September:

If you’re a Veteran who needs support:

  • Reach out to your friends, family and fellow Veterans for support. There are also a number of resources available to you through VA at reach.gov/SPM.
  • Recognize the warning signs of a crisis in yourself and in the Veterans you know. Take steps to seek help early on.
  • Hear about how Veterans like you have worked through life challenges, such as relationships, parenting, a career change and more at maketheconnection.net.
  • Learn how to practice safe storage of guns and medication at reach.gov.

If you want to provide support to a fellow Veteran:

  • Reach out to them by phone, text or email. For sample conversation starters, visit reach.gov/SPM.
  • Download and share social media posts and graphics to spread the word to your friends and family.
  • Familiarize yourself with the warning signs of a crisis.
  • Save the Veterans Crisis Line phone number and don’t hesitate to call if a Veteran you know shows signs of needing help.
  • Continue to reach out all year. You don’t have to be an expert to talk to a Veteran going through a tough time.

Life challenges can be overwhelming, but you don’t have to do it alone.

Reach out for help today

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, contact the Veterans Crisis Line to reach qualified responders available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Veterans going through a difficult time or those concerned about a Veteran can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, text 838255, or chat online.

Take a moment to visit REACH.gov/SPM for resources you can use and share this Suicide Prevention Month.

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