Suicide is an Epidemic

  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.
  • 20 Military Veterans are lost to Suicide A Day.
  • Suicide Prevention is a Community Responsibility.

Suicide Prevention is a societal mission of prime importance. We can all help prevent suicide. Every year, the Lifeline, other mental health organizations and individuals across the U.S. and around the world strive to raise awareness of suicide prevention. The Lifeline network and its partners are working to change the conversation from suicide reporting to suicide prevention, actions that can promote healing, help and give hope.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). There are 44,965 suicides every year and an average of 123 each day. And suicide rates have risen in recent years among men and women, across all age and ethnic groups, and in nearly every state, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.

Research shows people who are having thoughts of suicide feel relief when someone asks after them in a caring way. Findings suggest acknowledging and talking about suicide may reduce rather than increase suicidal ideation.

Veterans  and Service Members are at a particular risk with over 20 of us being lost to this epidemic a day.

The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource that’s available to anyone, even if you’re not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care. The caring, qualified responders at the Veterans Crisis Line are specially trained and experienced in helping Veterans of all ages and circumstances. Since its launch in 2007, the Veterans Crisis Line has answered more than 3.5 million calls and initiated the dispatch of emergency services to callers in crisis nearly 100,000 times.

The Veterans Crisis Line anonymous online chat service, added in 2009, has engaged in more than 413,000 chats. In November 2011, the Veterans Crisis Line introduced a text-messaging service to provide another way for Veterans to connect with confidential, round-the-clock support, and since then has responded to nearly 98,000 texts.

If you or someone you know are in crisis and need to speak with a crisis responder, please call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1.

If you’re a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one, there are caring, qualified VA responders standing by to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Other Veterans Crisis Line resources include – “Behind the Scenes” videos. In the video, VA responders, some of them Veterans themselves, share their stories and experiences in providing vital support and referrals for Veterans and their loved ones.

If you’re experiencing a crisis or supporting a loved one who is, responders at the Veterans Crisis Line can help. A trained responder will answer your call, text, or chat and ask you a few questions.

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Dana Matthews

Dr Dana Matthews is a Lieutenant Colonel, US Army Ranger (Retired). He holds a BA in Journalism, an MBA/JD Law Degree, and a Doctorate in Organizational Psychology.He is a Member of the National Press Club in Washington DC and has appeared on TV and Radio.He was awarded the Military Order of the Purple Heart for Combat Wounded Veterans.Dr Dana Matthews is a well published Journalist and writer with articles appearing in the Scripps Newspaper/ TCPALM.COMHe also co authored and published a novel entitled " El Segundo- One Man's Journey for Redemption". 

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