For Service Members, Veterans and their Families

For Service Members, Veterans and their Families

Blue Star Families has developed a series of PSAs for active-duty military personnel and their families. View the entire series on BSF’s YouTube channel.

In recent years, veteran mental health issues have come to the forefront of the public consciousness, and with them the problem of veteran suicide. The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network is working with Veteran’s Administration across the state to address suicide prevention among veterans and other members of the military community.

This portion of our website offers the several resources for current and former members of the United States military and their loved ones. The most important being below. Use the menu to the right for additional resources. Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-TALK, Veterans Press 1. For immediate crisis services, The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has founded a national suicide prevention hotline to ensure veterans in emotional crisis have free, 24/7 access to trained counselors.

To operate the Veterans Hotline, the VA partnered with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Veterans can call the Lifeline number, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), and press “1” to be routed to the Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline. Staff members are specially trained to take calls from military veterans and its staffed 24 hours a day, everyday. While all operators are trained to help veterans, some are also former military personnel. All callers will be connected to most appropriate resources.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline also has an extensive amount of resources on the website for veterans. Please click here to access the page which includes a 24/7 Live Chat option as well as a resource locator, enrollment and benefits information, etc.

TSPN’s Veterans Suicide Prevention Task Force has also developed a toolkit of resources for loved ones, community members, and care providers in the lives of Veterans.

The Tennessee Governor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide Among Service Members, Veterans, and their families is participating with 35 other states who are taking part in working to develop and implement state-wide suicide prevention best practices for SMVF, using a public health approach. The Tennessee Governor’s Challenge is in stage four right now of the process and hopes to implement the priority areas that are listed below across the state at the end of 2021.

  • Identify SMVF and Screen for Suicide Risk
  • Promote Connectedness and Improve Care Transitions
  • Increase Lethal Means Safety and Safety Planning

Governors Challenge Process

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Click here to find local Veteran resources and manage your Veteran benefits. To find your local Veterans Services Officer, click here.

Online Screening Tools

Depression Screening
This screening mechanism is sponsored by PsyCom Depression Awareness Group, anon-profit organization.

Online Resources

Help for Active Duty Military
National Guard/Veteran Resources
Help for Military Families