If you or a loved one are in crisis, get help now:

Call 911
or go to the nearest Emergency Room

Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (24/7)

Call 988
Chat online

Contact the Veterans Crisis Line

Call 988, then press 1.
Text 838255
Chat online

For information about PTSD and how to get treatment visit The National Center for PTSD

Additional resources for veterans and their loved ones

Provides high-quality, accessible, and integrated outpatient mental health care to Veterans, active duty, and their families.

Call: 844-336-4226

A national 24/7-peer support network for Veteran and military communities, including family and caregivers. Staffed by trained Veterans representing all branches and eras.

Call 1-855-838-8255 (24/7)

Veterans and their families in the Hudson Valley can contact

The HVCVR peer support line provides resources, a connection to the surrounding community, as well as a friendly ear.

Call 1-845-481-4004 (M-F 9AM-5PM)

How to check in with a family member or friend who may be in crisis

Follow these 5 evidence-based steps:

1- ASK

Asking the question “Are you thinking about suicide?” communicates that you’re open to speaking about suicide in a non-judgmental and supportive way.


This could mean being physically present for someone, speaking with them on the phone when you can, or any other way that shows support for the person at risk.


If suicide is indeed being talked about, it’s important to find out if there is a plan, the timing of the plan, and what sort of access they have to their planned method. This step is about putting time and distance between the person and their chosen method.


Helping someone with thoughts of suicide connect with ongoing supports (like the Lifeline, 800-273-8255) can help them establish a safety net for those moments they find themselves in a crisis.


After your initial contact with a person experiencing thoughts of suicide, and after you’ve connected them with the immediate support systems they need, make sure to follow-up with them to see how they’re doing. Leave a message, send a text, or give them a call.

For more information on each of the 5 steps, visit How The 5 Steps Can Help Someone Who is Suicidal – #BeThe1To

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If you are in crisis or you think you may have an emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. If you’re having suicidal thoughts, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to talk to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area at any time (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline). If you are located outside the United States, call your local emergency line immediately.

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