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Veteran Suicide Awareness and Prevention

Connect Campaign: You're Not Alone

SM Connect Campaign VA Connection.pngThe Connect campaign shares the positive outcomes of veterans who have connected to the VA for help with behavioral health concerns, addiction, suicidal ideation, or other traumatic life events to build awareness that veterans who are suffering from symptoms that can lead to suicide, will find help through the VA.

This campaign aims to connect veterans and their families with suicide prevention resources on ODVA's website where veterans and those who care for them can:

  • Become aware of suicidal ideation warning signs and when/where to seek crisis services
  • Learn about preventative and educational resources and information including self-assessment tools
  • Connect to resources

Below hear from veterans who have courageously sought help from the VA for behavioral health challenges and share their journey and challenges with others in hopes of encouraging others to Make the Connection to the VA.

A recent report found that those receiving care from the VA were 16% less likely to die by suicide. The availability and use of behavioral health and crisis resources for veterans include raising awareness around important topics related to suicide, including what resources are available and effective for veterans. Below are resources and information available to veterans, their families, and loved ones.

 Resources and Information

Suicide prevention resource sheet put together by ODVA, that provides resources for veterans from national and state agencies, along with resources provided by ODVA.

​Preventative resources from learning, planning, and self-assessment that help veterans take action and gain control.

Veterans Crisis Line

If you’re a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one, there are caring, qualified VA responders standing by to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Call 988 and then press 1 or text 838255

The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, anonymous, confidential resource that’s available to anyone, even if you’re not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care.

For more information: Veterans Crisis Line

Military Help Line

The Military Helpline is here with free and confidential crisis intervention and sensitivity to military-specific issues.

Call (888) 457-4838 for 24/7 help or text MIL1 to 839863 from 2-6 p.m. PT on weekdays

Staffed by veterans and others trained in military culture we understand what you’re going through and can help you sort things out privately.

For more information: Military Help Line

Senior Loneliness Line

The Senior Loneliness Line is a statewide partnership between Lines for Life and Oregon Health Authority.

Call 503-200-1633

Our free statewide call service is for Oregonians 55 and older. Our team of volunteers and staff are specially trained in working with older adults, and we can provide ongoing support, connect you with resources or just listen.

For more information: Senior Loneliness Line​


Sign up for updates from ODVA about mental health resources below.