September at Veterans Crisis Line was a very important month for military veterans and their families. You see, September was Suicide Prevention Month. Now that it is October, it is important that we not forget about the Veterans Crisis Line and their important mission. It is a mission that could save a life.
The inspiration behind the Suicide Prevention Month's "The Power of 1" campaign was pretty straightforward. That inspiration was that one small act could save the life of a Veteran or Servicemember in crisis.
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, "The campaign emphasizes the effect that just one person, one conversation, or one act can have on the life of a Veteran or Servicemember by offering hope and opening the door to support," said Dr. Carolyn M. Clancy, Interim Under Secretary for Health. "It also is designed to spread the word about VA and DoD mental health resources and suicide prevention efforts."
The important thing to remember is that this message holds true now that Suicide Prevention Month is over. All it takes is one small act to help a Veteran or Servicemember and save a life.
When it comes to suicide prevention, education can be key to saving a military veteran's life. Since 2007, the Veterans Crisis Line has been a powerful online resource for those looking to learn more about identifying the warning signs of someone who might harm themselves.
The organization also offers free, confidential help to Veterans and military families looking to speak with a professional anonymously. The Veterans Crisis Line is open around the clock, seven days a week, and veterans can connect via phone, anonymous online chat, and text message.
Our military Veterans and Servicemembers sacrifice so much for us. Familiarizing ourselves with the warning signs of suicide, lending a friendly, listening ear and taking a moment to help a Veteran or Servicmember in need, is a way we can say thank you in return.Other Articles
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