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A Place To Turn if you are in Crisis -

Leaving the military can be tough. Whether you are returning from combat or retiring after years of service - moving to civilian life can be hard. Additionally, mental health conditions such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression can magnify the stresses associated with transition.

My HealtheVet provides tools for mental health screening and secure email messaging with doctors. Veterans who use My HealtheVet can also view appointments online. However, sometimes that may not be enough.

If you are in crisis, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has a confidential, 24/7 hotline, online chat and text service for Veterans. Economic uncertainty, family problems or symptoms related to your service can all cause stress. The Veterans Crisis Line provides a place to turn whenever you need it.

The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans, their families and friends with trained responders who offer immediate support and referrals for care. Some calls may be referred to VA's Suicide Prevention Coordinators who will connect you with the services you need to get back on track.

As a Veteran, you deserve an enjoyable and productive life. Addressing your crisis will lift a great weight off your shoulders. You owe it to yourself, and your family and friends to get the help you deserve.

If you or someone you know is a Veteran in crisis, please call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1; visit or send a text message to 838255 today.

You served your country, and VA is here to serve you.

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Updated January 16, 2012