Warning Signs Provided from the VA

People experience emotional and mental health crises in response to a wide range of situations—from difficulties in their personal relationships to the loss of a job. For Veterans, these crises can be heightened by their experiences in military service. When emotional issues reach a crisis point, it’s time to call on the Veterans Crisis Line for support.

Sometimes, a crisis may involve thoughts of suicide. Learn to recognize these warning signs:

  1. Hopelessness, feeling like there’s no way out
  2. Anxiety, agitation, sleeplessness, or mood swings
  3. Feeling like there is no reason to live
  4. Rage or anger
  5. Engaging in risky activities without thinking
  6. Increasing alcohol or drug abuse
  7. Withdrawing from family and friends


The presence of the following signs requires immediate attention:

  1. Thinking about hurting or killing yourself
  2. Looking for ways to kill yourself
  3. Talking about death, dying, or suicide
  4. Self-destructive behavior such as drug abuse, weapons, etc.

If you are a Veteran or know a Veteran who is experiencing any of these signs, call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online at www.VeteransCrisisLine.net, or text 838255 today