Those who served in the military, and their families, have a higher risk of dying by suicide.
Suicide is preventable. Those considering dying by suicide may demonstrate one of the following behaviors:
- An increase in substance use
- A change in sleeping pattern
- Giving away possessions, including pets
- Depression and withdrawal from social obligations
- Discussing dying by suicide
Those who served in the military, and their family members, may consider suicide after service. If you have a veteran in your life who is dealing with loss, or exhibiting one of the symptoms above, there are resources available.
Be Connected links those who served in the military, and their families, with resources—including suicide prevention information with a 24-hour helpline: 1-866-4AZ-VETS. Navigators work with those who have served and their families to understand concerns and guide them to the appropriate resource.
If someone in your life is considering dying by suicide, do not leave this person alone. Remove any firearms or unnecessary prescription medications from the home. When in doubt, call 9-11.