Mental health problems are painful—emotionally, spiritually and socially—for all who are involved. Many people are reluctant to seek behavioral health care because they're afraid a "stigma" surrounds behavioral health problems. Too often, a person fails to reach out for help until he or she is in the midst of a crisis. Our military leadership recognizes the need for addressing behavioral health care issues for men and women in uniform, their families, and retirees.
If you feel as though you or a close family member needs help right now, don't wait until the situation worsens. Here's what you should do.
If You Have an Emergency
An emergency means that the physical well-being of an individual or those around him or her is at risk. If you have an emergency, go to the closest emergency care or psychiatric health care facility.
For non-emergency mental health care, you'll have certain rules to follow based on your health plan option. >>Learn More
Military Crisis Line
Any veteran or service member in crisis, or anyone concerned about one, can call the confidential Military Crisis Line at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) and press "1". You can also use the online chat or send a text message to 838255 to talk to specially trained professionals any time.
Trained Veterans Affairs (VA) crisis responders answer calls, chats and text messages to the Military Crisis Line. Responders can give you referrals for VA services and fast-track appointments with a VA suicide prevention coordinator. Any veteran or service member can use the Military Crisis Line, even if you aren’t registered with the VA.
You can call toll free from Europe at 00800 1273 8255 or DSN 118. (This service may not be available from all carriers or countries.)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
In the U.S., call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or TTY: 1-800-799-4889. This hotline is a 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis. You will be routed to the closest possible crisis center in your area. Your call is free and confidential.