Vets Suicide Prevention Hotline Helps
55,000+ in First Year
The Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline,
1-800-273-TALK, is providing immediate,
often life-saving help to veterans
and their loved ones.
More than 22,000 of the 55,000+ calls came to the
hotline directly from veterans. Other calls came from
those seeking help for veterans who are friends or
The first-of-its-kind hotline, launched in summer
2007, is a collaborative effort of SAMHSA and the U.S.
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to meet the special
needs of veterans who are in personal crisis.
Among the specialized services provided is the capability
of connecting veterans to their local VA Suicide Prevention
Coordinator for priority followup and monitoring to
ensure that they receive ongoing care at local VA medical
The hotline provides national, around-the-clock access
to crisis counseling and behavioral health services
for all veterans and their families. By calling 1-800-273-TALK
(8255) and pressing “1” at the prompt,
the caller is automatically connected to a VA-operated
call center staffed by specially trained professional
For more information, read SAMHSA
News online, January/February
2008, or visit www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
As SAMHSA News went to press, SAMHSA was convening “Paving
the Road Home: The National Behavioral Health Conference
and Policy Academy on Returning Veterans and Their
Families.” The next issue of SAMHSA
present highlights from the conference. A Webcast of
the conference will be available soon on the SAMHSA
Web site at www.samhsa.gov/vets.
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