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Veterans in Crisis

If a Student Veteran is exhibiting signs of distress or believes s/he may harm themselves or others, immediately call this number 1-800-273-8255, Press 1 Crisis Support Hotline or text 838255

Lifeline Support for Veterans

People experience emotional and mental health crises in response to a wide range of situations- from difficulties in their personal relationships to the loss of a job. For veterans, these crises can be heightened by their experiences during military service. 

Many obstacles face student-veterans in their pursuit of a college degree; lack of understanding from students and faculty, a missing sense of camaraderie, feeling like an outsider among "traditional" students, and effects of post-traumatic stress to name a few. When emotional issues reach a crisis point, it's time to call on the Veterans Crisis Line for support- it's anonymous and confidential.

 

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Is stress and depression affecting you? 

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Learn to Recognize the Signs of Crisis:

Many veterans may not show any signs of intent to harm themselves before doing so, but some actions can be a sign that a veteran needs help. Some veterans in crisis may show behaviors that indicate a risk of harming themselves. Sometimes a crisis may involve thoughts of suicide. Learn to recognize these warning signs:

  • Hopelessness, feeling like there's no way out
  • Anxiety, agitation, sleeplessness, or mood swings
  • Feeling like there is no reason to live
  • Rage or anger
  • Engaging in risky activities without thinking
  • Performing poorly at school and/or at work
  • Increasing alcohol or drug abuse
  • Withdrawing from family and friends

The following signs require immediate attention:

  • Thinking about hurting or killing themselves
  • Looking for ways to kill themselves or others
  • Talking about death, dying, or suicide
  • Self-destructive behavior such as drug abuse, weapons, etc.
  • Seeking access to firearms, pills, or other means of harming themselves

If you are a veteran or know a veteran who is experiencing any of these signs, call the Veterans Crisis Line immediately- 1-800-273-TALK (8255).  Responders are standing by to help.