If you’re a Veteran in a mental health crisis and you’re thinking about hurting yourself—or you know a Veteran who’s considering this—get help right away. You’re not alone.
Signs of Crisis
- Appearing sad or depressed most of the time
- Hopelessness; feeling like there’s no way out
- Anxiety, agitation, sleeplessness, or mood swings
- Feeling as if there is no reason to live
- Feeling excessing guilt, shame, or sense of failure
- Rage or anger
- Engaging in risky activities without thinking
- Losing interest in hobbies, work, or school
- Increasing alcohol and drug misuse
- Neglecting personal welfare; a deteriorating physical appearance
- Withdrawing from family and friends
- Showing violence behavior, like punching a hole in the wall or getting into fights
- Giving away prized possessions
- Getting affairs in order, tying up loose ends, or writing a will
Signs Requiring 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.
In case of an emergency, please call 911.
Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are Veterans themselves.
The Military Crisis Line, text-messaging service, and online chat provide free VA support for all Service members, including members of the National Guard and Reserve, and all Veterans, even if they are not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care.
We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds, all from our secure online platform. The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment.
The LGBT National Hotline provides telephone, online private one-to-one chat and email peer-support, as well as factual information and local resources for cities and towns across the United States. All services are free and confidential
An online resource designed to connect Veterans, their family members and friends, and other supporters with information resources, and solutions to issues affecting their lives.
- U.S. Air Force Suicide Prevention Program
- U.S. Army Suicide Prevention Program
- U.S. Coast Guard Suicide Prevention Program
- U.S. Navy Suicide Prevention
- U.S. Marine Corps Suicide Prevention
Department of Veterans Affairs Suicide Prevention: You can get ongoing support through your local VA health care facility or regional office. The VA has trained suicide prevention coordinators, Vet Centers, and benefits offices.
- VA Northern California Health Care System (NCHCS) Suicide Prevention & REACH VET Coordinators
- Vet Centers (Readjustment Counseling)
- Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) Regional Offices
Trans Lifeline Hotline: 1-877-565-8860
Trans Lifeline’s Hotline is a peer support phone service run by trans people for our trans and questioning peers. We believe that some of the best support that trans people can receive is from trans community members with shared lived experience.
The Trevor Project: For LGBTQ+ youth under 25
TrevorChat: Click Here
TrevorText: Text START to 678678
If you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, call the TrevorLifeline.
- Alameda County
- Amador County: 1-888-310-6555 (24 Hour)
- Butte County: 1-800-334-6622 or (530) 891-2810
- Calaveras County
- Call: (209) 754-3239 or 1-800-499-3030
- Text: ANSWER to 839863
- Colusa County: 1-888-793-6580 (24 Hour)
- El Dorado County: 1-800-929-1955 (24 Hour)
- West Slope: (530) 621-6290
- Tahoe: (530) 573-7970
- Glenn County: 1-800-507-3530 (24 Hour)
- Nevada County: (530) 265-5811
- Napa County: (707) 253-4711 (24 Hour)
- Placer County
- Adult Crisis 24-Hour Phone Line: (916) 787-8860 or 1-888-886-5401
- Children’s 24-Hour Hotline: (916) 872-6549 or 1-866-293-1940
- Sacramento County
- San Joaquin County: (209) 468-8686
- Shasta County: (530) 225-5252 (24 Hour)
- Stanislaus County
- Community Services Response Team: (209) 558-4600 (24 Hour)
- Warm Line: (209) 558-4600 (24 Hour)
- Regional Suicide Prevention & Crisis Services: (530) 885-2300 (24 Hour)
- Sutter County: (530) 672-8255 or (888) 923-3800
- Tehama County
- 24 Hour Crisis Unit: 1-800-240-3208 or (530) 527-5637
- Behavioral Health Access Line: See above
- Substance Use Recovery Services: (530) 527-7893
- Yolo County: Crisis Resources
- Yuba County: (530) 673-8255 or (888) 923-3800