Wilmington VA Medical Center

Veterans Crisis Line / Mental Health Hot Line for Veterans

Veterans experiencing thoughts of suicide can call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-TALK(8255), press 1, a 24-hour, toll free number. When you call mention you are a veteran and you will be routed to the closest VA Medical Center or crisis center in your area. You can call for yourself, or someone you care about. Your call is free and confidential.

Know the Signs:

  • Watch for these key suicide warning signs, and provide the Lifeline number to anyone exhibiting them
  • Talking about wanting to hurt or kill oneself
  • Trying to get pills, guns, or other ways to harm oneself
  • Talking or writing about death, dying or suicide
  • Hopelessness
  • Rage, uncontrolled anger, seeking revenge
  • Acting in a reckless or risky way
  • Feeling trapped, like there is no way out
  • Saying or feeling there's no reason for living

The Department of Veterans Affairs is taking a proactive approach to Veteran suicide. Each VA Medical Center has a designated Coordinator to intervene and to assist with any distressed Veterans cooperating with the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), press 1. At the Wilmington VAMC, that Coordinator is Kent Johnson, LCSW/CADC.

Other Suicide Prevention Resources:

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Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255 Press 1

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