Help for Active Duty Military

Help for Active Duty Military

Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline
1-800-273-TALK, Veterans/Military 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.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline also has an extensive amount of resources on the website for veterans, of which many are also applicable to military. 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.

Armed Forces and Military Jobs
Links on this page hosted by offer advice on how former military personnel, even those with disabilities, can find work in the civilian sector after their term of service ends.

Citizen Soldiers Support Programs
Citizen Soldiers Support Programs works with local community agencies and organizations to address needs of citizen soldiers (including members of the National Guard and Reserves) and their families.

Department of Defense (DOD) Restoring Hope, You Can Help Save a Life
This website provides many stories, videos, and materials related to suicide prevention efforts across the DOD entities. This includes links to the VA and force-specific suicide prevention programs.

DOD Military Health System Suicide Prevention Page
This website offers an overview of many suicide prevention related resources.

Psychological Health Center of Excellence
Formerly the Deployment Health Clinical Center, the Psychological Health Center of Excellence’s website offers a list of resources for service members and their families and a link to the Department of Defense Mental Health Self-Assessment Program for alcohol and mental health screening.

Military OneSource
A Military OneSource consultant can provide a brief assessment and referral to mental health professionals across the country for six free counseling sessions. (800) 342-9647 (24-hour, toll-free number)

TRICARE has three regional claims offices that can be contacted for information about healthcare benefits, including benefits for mental health and substance abuse services.

(888) 363-2273 Main TRICARE Information Service number
(800) 403-3950 South Region (Tennessee)(877) 874-2273 North Region
(888) 874-9378 West Region