When veterans return home to civilian life, many feel isolated by their experiences and struggle to reconnect with their home communities. That’s why we’ve partnered with the Veterans Crisis Line, which connects veterans in crisis—and their families and friends—with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential, toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Many of these responders are veterans themselves, so they know what it’s like to return home after a period of military duty. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and it serves all service members and National Guard and Reserve members as well.
Community members and leaders can help out veterans in their communities by learning to recognize the signs that a veteran is in crisis and then directing them toward help such as the Veterans Crisis Line. Some of these signs include feelings of hopelessness, anxiety, feelings of guilt, or withdrawing from friends and family.
We have previously sponsored the “Responding Effectively to Veterans in Crisis.” Pdf versions of the seminar handouts are still available on our website, as well as video links with even more information from other previous seminars.
The Mental Health and Recovery Board of Ashland County is proud to partner with the Veterans Crisis Line in its mission to ensure the availability and accessibility of quality services that support recovery for individuals with trauma, mental health challenges and/or drug/alcohol abuse and addictions.
For more information about the Veterans Crisis Line and other resources, view our Community Partners and Agencies tab on our website.