Suicide prevention help urged

| September 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
Courtesy photo If you know someone who needs help or simply someone to talk to, lead that person to a trusted resource.

Courtesy photo
If you know someone who needs help or simply someone to talk to, lead that person to a trusted resource.

TRICARE
News Article
Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death for Americans, and military veterans make up 20 percent of suicide deaths each year.

TRICARE works with the Defense Suicide Prevention Office, the Department of Defense’s oversight authority, to reduce the impact of suicide on service members and their families, to provide mental health resources to all TRICARE beneficiaries.

If you know someone who needs help or just needs someone to talk to, encourage that person to reach out to people who may have been exactly where they are right now — fellow veterans and family members.

Vets4Warriors is a free, confidential, peer-to-peer support service. Veterans and family members representing all branches of the services staff the Vets4Warriors call center.

In more urgent situations, if someone you know is in distress or may
be contemplating suicide, they can contact the Military Crisis Line immediately via phone, online chat or text message.

TRICARE’s Nurse Advice Line is also a valuable resource for beneficiaries currently dealing with the unique stressors of life in the service.

Sometimes stress becomes a mental health issue. If you are feeling depressed, anxious or are thinking of harming yourself, the Nurse Advice Line is here to help.

Asking for help can be hard, but it is a necessary first step in receiving help and treatment.

Reaching Out for Help
If you or someone you know needs help, it is available.

Vets4Warriors
You can connect with Vets4Warriors anytime by phone (1-855-838-8255), online chat (Vets4Warriors.com), or e-mail (Info@Vets4Warriors.com).

Military Crisis Line
Available immediately via phone, online chat or text message. Just call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1; visit www.militarycrisisline.net; or text 838255. Trained professionals are always there, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Nurse Advise Hotline
NAL nurses can talk to you and help you get the care you need. To access the Nurse Advice Line, call 1-800-TRICARE, option 1. To learn more about TRICARE’s Nurse Advice Line, visit www.tricare.mil/nal.

TRICARE Treatment
Call your TRICARE regional contractor for more details about getting behavioral health care. Visit www.tricare .mil/mhcare.

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