September is Suicide Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness and share resources to help spread the word about actions that can promote healing and give hope. Veteran suicide is a national concern. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Veterans comprise nearly a quarter of suicide deaths in the country.
Homes For Our Troops wants Veterans to know help is available. Our Veteran Action and Advisory Team (VAAT) guides and mentors HFOT Veterans, providing assistance to those dealing with challenges.
Below is a comprehensive list of organizations serving Veterans and providing support, resources, education, and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death.
- 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: Dialing 9-8-8 connects to a national network of local crisis centers that provide free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Veterans Crisis Line: Dialing 9-8-8 then Press 1. The Veteran Crisis Line serves Veterans, Servicemembers, National Guard and Reserve Members, and those who support them.
- Home Base Veteran and Family Care: a national nonprofit dedicated to healing the invisible wounds of war for Veterans of all eras, Servicemembers, military families, and families of the fallen through world-class, direct clinical care, wellness, education, and research – all at no cost to them – regardless of era of service, discharge status or geographical location.
- Mission Roll Call: Mission Roll Call connects veterans in crisis to resources and advocates for policies that can help reverse the trend of veteran suicide in America.
- Stop Soldier Suicide: A Veteran-founded and led organization fighting military suicide by using enhanced data insights, focused client acquisition, and best-in-class suicide intervention services.
- National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: The National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD) aims to advance the clinical care and social welfare of U.S. Veterans through research, education, and training on PTSD and stress-related disorders.
- VA Vet Center Program Vet Centers: offer a wide range of services to Veterans and their families at 300 community-based Vet Center locations.
- PTSD Foundation of America: A nonprofit organization dedicated to mentoring combat Veterans and their families with post-traumatic stress. Combat Trauma Help Line: (877)-717-PTSD (7873).
- Military One Source: Military OneSource: a 24/7 connection to information, answers, and support to help Veterans reach their goals, overcome challenges, and thrive. While Military OneSource does not provide health care services, it helps connect service members and their families with appropriate resources for those diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury (TBI).