September is suicide prevention month, and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is raising awareness about its Veterans Crisis Line. When veterans call the Veterans Crisis Line, use the chat service, or send a text, they are connected to resources local to them. There are suicide prevention coordinators (over 300) located at every VA in the country. The Veterans Crisis Line is able to connect veterans with their local suicide prevention coordinator who can then ensure they are getting the treatment and resources they need, like getting enrolled in VA care. Veterans and their loves ones can connect with VA responders 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling the toll-free Veterans Crisis Line hotline at (800) 273-8255, and then pressing 1; texting the number 838255; or chatting at the Veterans Crisis Line website at www.veteranscrisisline.net/chat.
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