Suicide Prevention: The Community’s Role in Building Resilience

Creating a sense of belonging is critical for building the strength and resilience of each member of a community. In the military, our people are our greatest resource, and our community is where we feel comfortable, understood and protected.

It is very important for military family members to recognize when someone is distancing themselves from their community, unit or loved ones, or when their behavior becomes a source of concern. If you see a family member in crisis or are concerned about their behavior, please contact the Military Crisis Line. The MCL is a free, confidential service available 24/7 to all active duty, National Guard and reserve service members, their families and their friends. For support, just dial 800-273-8255, and then press one.

The Military Crisis Line, also called the Veterans Crisis Line, is a joint Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs initiative. The MCL is staffed with caring, qualified VA responders who understand the challenges of military life. In fact, many responders are veterans themselves. Apart from calling MCL, those in crisis can phone text (838255) or chat online with a crisis line responder. For more information, download the fact sheet or visit the Military Crisis Line website.


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