Veteran Suicide Prevention Programs

Instructor: Carrie Soucy
The suicide rate for veterans is much higher than that for civilians, but there are many organizations working hard to reduce those rates through intervention and prevention programs. Read on to discover the different suicide prevention initiatives that exist for veterans.

The Veterans Crisis Line

Created in 2007, the Veterans Crisis Line (formerly the National Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline) has a free, confidential hotline and chat line, as well as a text messaging service for veterans in crisis and those who may be concerned about someone at risk. Supported by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Veterans Crisis Line is the largest veteran suicide prevention program and, in the years since its inception, has received more than 2 million calls. The Veterans Crisis Line also offers educational materials about warning signs and how to help someone who is thinking about suicide, along with a self-check quiz that veterans may take and have reviewed by a counselor. The program also offers free resources - such as fact sheets, articles and digital content - for groups or organizations that want to help raise awareness about the Veterans Crisis Line.

Operation Never Forgotten

A volunteer-driven non-profit founded by the mother of a Marine veteran, Operation Never Forgotten aims to reduce veteran suicides by orchestrating suicide prevention awareness campaigns and offering workshops for veterans with post-traumatic stress (PTS) and traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Stop Soldier Suicide

Stop Soldier Suicide is a non-profit organization that aims to prevent suicide by helping veterans transition to life as civilians. The program provides life coaching and connects veterans to the resources they need throughout a two-year transition cycle. The organization also offers educational information for families and friends on how to identify and assist at-risk veterans.

The Battlefield Buddy Foundation

The Battlefield Buddy Foundation aims to reduce veteran suicide by helping those with PTS, TBI, or other injuries recover and assimilate to civilian life with the help of service dogs. The Battlefield Buddy Foundation is a non-profit founded by veterans. The organization trains service dogs and provides them to veterans at no charge.

Active Heroes

Founded by the grandson of a World War II veteran who committed suicide, Active Heroes is a non-profit organization that offers a retreat for veterans and a peer mentor program designed to help veterans heal and connect with others. Active Heroes organizes events to raise awareness and funds to combat veteran suicide throughout the year.

Learn More About Veteran Suicide and Suicide Prevention

If you'd like to learn more about suicide, traumatic brain injury, and explore PTSD and its impact on veterans, offers several lessons that are available at any time of the day to help. See, for example:

Each lesson comes with an interactive quiz and printable worksheet to help you test your knowledge of each topic. You can use these self-assessment tools as much as you would like to.

If you are a veteran in crisis or know someone who is, please call the Veterans Crisis Line at 800-273-8255.

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