• Oct 23, 2020
  • 2:25 PM

Suicide Prevention – What To Do


You Matter!  If you are in crisis, please call 1-800-273-8255 and PRESS 1!

Identifying Warning Signs

  • Feeling hopeless
  • Relationship issues
  • Financial problems
  • Withdrawing from friends or family
  • Having dramatic changes in mood
  • Feeling like there is no reason for living, no sense of purpose
  • Increasing or abusing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Feeling trapped, like there is no way out
  • Acting anxious, agitated or engaging in risky activities
  • Talking about wanting to die/look for ways to kill or harm self

Know the Risk Factors

Veteran Specific Risks

  • Frequent deployments
  • Lack of deployment and/or sense of purpose
  • Exposure to extreme stress
  • Physical or sexual assault while in service (not limited to women)
  • Length of deployment
  • Service-related injury

What to do if you identify someone at risk for suicide?

  1. Validate the Veterans Existence
  2. Show compassion
  3. Talk openly and take deep breaths
  4. Listen more than talk
  5. Be willing to listen and to hear what the veteran is expressing
  6. Ask the Question: “Are you having thoughts of Suicide?”
  7. Encourage Treatment and Expedite help
  8. Reassure the Veteran that help is available
  9. Do not pass judgment and do not leave them alone
  10. Do not keep the veteran’s suicidal behavior secret
  11. Take the veteran to a local emergency room, call the crisis line or dial 911

How to ask the question?

5 Ways to start a conversation

  1. “Hey, we haven’t talked in a while. How are you?
  2. “Are you okay? You don’t seem like yourself lately."
  3. “Hey, you seemed frustrated today. I’m here for you.”
  4. “Seems like somethings up. Do you wanna talk about what’s going on?”
  5. “I’m worried about you and would like to know what’s up so I can help.”

Additional Training, Support and Resources

Validation/Next Steps/Support

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Resources

(North) VA Medical Center
VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System
975 Kirman Avenue Reno, NV 89502
Phone: (775) 786-7200

(South) VA Medical Center
VA Southern Nevada Health Care System
6900 North Pecos Road North Las Vegas, NV 89086
Phone: (702) 791-9024

(North) Vet Center
5580 Mill Street Suite 600 Reno, NV 89502

(South) Vet Center
Las Vegas Vet Center
7455 W Washington Ave Suite 240 Las Vegas, NV 89128

Coalitions
Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention
205 N. Stephanie Street, Suite D #149
Henderson, NV 89074

Utah Coalition for Suicide Prevention
Utah Department of Human Services
195 N 1950 W.
Salt Lake City, Utah

Veterans Crisis Line – CALL 1-(800)-273-8255

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 nearly 4.4 million calls and initiated the dispatch of emergency services to callers in crisis more than 138,000 times. The Veterans Crisis Line anonymous online chat service, added in 2009, has engaged in more than 511,000 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 more than 150,000 texts.

You Matter!  If you are in crisis, please call 1-800-273-8255 and PRESS 1!