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I am Active Duty/Reserve and Guard. Military Crisis Line

Serving those who serve our country.

If you’re a Service member in crisis or know a Service member who is, confidential support is only a phone call, click, or text away—24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

The Military Crisis Line, online chat, and text-messaging service are free to all Service members, including members of the National Guard and Reserve, and Veterans, even if you are not registered with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or enrolled in VA health care. Hundreds of men and women in the military call us every day, and start to get back on track.

The Military Crisis Line is staffed by caring, qualified responders from VA—many of whom have served in the military themselves. They understand what Service members have been through and the challenges members of the military and their loved ones face.

Crisis feels different for everybody and can be caused by a wide range of situations before, during, or after military service. Some Service members are coping with stress, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, or challenges faced during civilian life while others may experience difficulties in their relationships or transitioning back to employment or education.

Whatever’s got you down—chronic pain, anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, anger, or even disturbing memories of your tour of duty—a Military Crisis Line responder can provide support, day or night.

Confidential Help for Service Members and their Families

Text to 838255 1-800-273-8255, press 1 Click Here to Start a Confidential Chat
In Europe call 00800 1273 8255 or DSN 118 *
In Korea call 0808 55 118 or DSN 118
In Afghanistan call 00 1 800 273 8255 or DSN 111
* In Europe, toll-free service may not be available through all carriers or in all countries

Get the Help You’ve Earned

Confidential support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year through the Military Crisis Line (1-800-273-8255 and Press 1), online chat and text (838255). In Europe call 00800 1273 8255 or DSN 118*. In Korea call 0808 555 118 or DSN 118. You can also access resources and information anytime.

Network of Support

The Military Crisis Line staff can connect you with services to help get your life back on track. Calls can be referred to local VA Suicide Prevention Coordinators and other providers who offer support for issues such as:

  • Post-traumatic stress (PTS/PTSD)
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Military sexual trauma (MST)
  • Family and relationship issues
  • Issues related to OEF/OIF/OND deployments

For more information about VA’s mental health resources, visit www.mentalhealth.va.gov.

*In Europe, toll-free service may not be available through all carriers or in all countries
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Suicide Prevention Lifeline U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (SAMHSA)

The Veterans Crisis Line text-messaging service does not store mobile phone numbers of users who access information via text message (SMS) or any personally identifiable information about users without their permission. Message and data rates may apply. Click here to view the full terms of service.