Veterans specific Challenges:

In addition to risk factors that can apply to anyone, veterans are exposed to unique stresses such as those associated with combat, prolonged periods of deployment and reintegrating into civilian life.  Although there is a lot of help available, veterans are often reluctant to seek help, believing that they can “tough it out” alone.

Warning signs and behaviors to look for in Veterans:

  • Depression, anxiety and trouble sleeping
  • Engaging in risky behaviors, including alcohol and substance abuse
  • Frequent and dramatic mood changes
  • Feelings of failure or poor performance at work or school
  • Talking about feeling trapped, like there is no way out of a situation
  • Seeking access to firearms, pills or other means of harm

Take any suicidal thought or behavior seriously. It’s not just a warning sign that the person is thinking about suicide – it’s a cry for help.

What You Can Do to Help:

  • Get Professional Help: do everything in your power to get your friend or loved one the expert help he or she needs. Call Putnam County  Crisis Line (845-225-1222) or National Suicide Prevention Life Line (1-800-273-8255) and help them make, and get to, an appointment with a mental health professional. Or send a text message to 838255
  • Be Proactive: those who are contemplating suicide often don’t believe they can be helped, so you need to be more proactive and assertive in offering assistance. Tell the suicidal person you are concerned about them and that you care.
  • Remove Potential Means of Suicideif it’s safe to do so, remove or lock-up pills, knives, razors and firearms, as soon as possible.
  • Make a Safety Plan: a written Safety Plan identifies specific strategies and support mechanisms and provides the road map you, or someone you care about, needs to get through a crisis.
  •  For help in creating a Safety Plan, visit the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (http://www.sprc.org/sites/sprc.org/files/SafetyPlanTemplate.pdf) if you need more help, call (845-225-1222).
  • Encourage Positive Lifestyle Changes:  these include a healthy diet; more time spent outdoors, enhanced social and family connections, volunteer activity and more sleep and exercise.
  • Continue Your Support:  when the immediate crisis is over, check-in and stop by to make sure your friend or loved one continues along the road to recovery, including following up on treatment.

Courtesy of: Veterans Crisis Line (http://www.veteranscrisisline.net)

Veteran’s Crisis Hotline (Press 1 when connected) (Button) > 1-800-273-8255

 Putnam County Crisis Line -845-225-1222

Disclaimer: the content in this app is for informational purposes only and should NOT be substituted for professional diagnosis and treatment. If you, or someone you know, is experiencing symptoms of suicide or are contemplating suicide, seek immediate professional attention.

“it takes the courage & strength of a warrior to ask for help”