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Resources for Veterans, Active Military and Their Families:

Help is available! Find easy access to mental health and suicide prevention resources by using the links provided here.

If you or someone you care about is in crisis and needs immediate help, call the Crisis Hotline at (888) 724-7240. The phone lines are answered by trained professionals available 24/7; the call is free and confidential. If emergency medical care is needed, call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital.

    • Courage to Call:
      Hotline: 2-1-1
      This program is a Veteran-run, peer-to-peer support program in San Diego County providing free and confidential services to active and former military members, reservists, National Guardsmen, their families and loved ones. The program connects callers with referrals to resources and support to reduce stress and improve overall mental health. These services are provided off-base in a safe and private atmosphere.
    • Support Your Vet:
      This website by Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) offers forums, tips and mental health resources for family members and friends of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans. 
    • Make the Connection:
      This campaign, launched by the Department of Veterans Affairs, seeks to make it easy for Veterans to "make the connection" between what they are experiencing and the kinds of resources and services that can help them get on a better track. It not only provides information, but allows Veterans to contact others who have made "the connection," sought services/treatment, and found an improved quality of life. Watch hundreds of Veteran videos and learn more about how to overcome challenges.
    • Veterans Crisis Line:
      Hotline: (800) 273-8255 (TALK), press “1” for Veterans
      This is a free, 24-hour hotline available to Veterans or anyone concerned about them who may be in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Text and chat also available. 
    • Military.com:
      This portion of the website offers information about dealing with deployment. It makes recommendations of how best to prepare, communicate with children and cope with stress and anxiety.
    • The Soldiers Project:
      Toll-Free: (877) 576-5343
      Connects current and former service members from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, along with their families and loved ones, with free, confidential therapy from licensed mental health professionals. 

If you or someone you care about needs to speak to someone or is in crisis and needs immediate help, please call the Access & Crisis Line at (888) 724-7240. Trained and experienced counselors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you. You don't have to suffer in silence, make the FREE call. If emergency medical care is needed,
call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital.

Now's the time to read up! With one in four adult San Diegans facing mental health challenges, it’s up to us to make San Diego a supportive community for those experiencing such challenges. Through education and awareness, the "It's Up to Us" bulletin offers mental health related information, resources, ways to get involved and also stay informed.