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Health Awareness Campaigns: Suicide Prevention

Understand the Risk. It Matters.

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. Women Veterans may experience challenges as a result of their military service, including readjustment issues, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),  Military Sexual Trauma (MST), trouble sleeping or even physical injury. It is important for Veterans, clinicians and loved ones of women Veterans to understand the risk of suicide and recognize the warning signs. When emotional issues reach a crisis point, it is time to call the Veterans Crisis Line* for support.

Recognize the Warning Signs. It Matters.

• 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
• Increasing alcohol or drug abuse
• Withdrawing from family and friends

The presence of the following signs requires immediate attention:
• Thinking about hurting or killing yourself
• Looking for ways to kill yourself
• Talking about death, dying or suicide
• Self-destructive behavior such as drug abuse, weapons, etc.

Resources

Veterans Crisis Line* (1-800-273-8255 and Press 1)
VA Suicide Prevention Information
Locate Your Local Suicide Prevention Coordinator*
DoD/VA Suicide Outreach: Resources for Suicide Prevention*†
Medal of Honor Recipients: Speak Out! Save Lives*†

Suicide Prevention Poster
(524 KB, PDF)
Dimensions: 8.5" x 11"

 

 

 

Suicide Prevention Poster
(1.2 MB, PDF)
Dimensions: 11" x 17"


 

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