When someone is in crisis and feeling despondent, reaching out for help is a stronger step to take than doing nothing, which can lead to a worsening state, a Military Crisis Line responder told American Forces Press Service.
The Military Crisis Line, also known as the Veterans Crisis Line at the same phone and text numbers, is a joint effort between the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments. It provides worldwide services for active duty troops, veterans, family members and concerned friends of those in crisis. Story
Defense Department officials testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee's personnel subcommittee on the relationship between military sexual assault survivors and the subsequent development of suicide and post-traumatic stress disorder. Story
The assistant secretary of defense for health affairs is urging the military community to work together to help prevent suicides. Story
A recent study by military researchers showed that the risk factors associated with suicides in the military are the same as those among civilians. Story
A soldier who is at-risk for suicide and seeks help is showing great strength, said the director of the Army Suicide Prevention Program. Story
Making sure people know where to turn for help during a time of crisis is the continuing goal of the Defense Department's suicide prevention program, the Pentagon official in charge of the effort said. Story