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If you are concerned about your loved one, review the following warning signs* that can lead to suicidal ideation.
- Hopelessness, feeling like there's no way out
- Anxiety, agitation, sleeplessness, or mood swings
- Feeling like there is no reason to live
- Rage or anger
- Engaging in risky activities without thinking
- Increasing alcohol or drug abuse
- Withdrawing from Family and Friends
The presence of the following signs requires immediate attention:
- Thinking about hurting or killing yourself/themselves
- Looking for ways to kill yourself
- Talking about death, dying, or suicide
- Self-destructive behavior such as drug abuse, weapons, etc.
Don't wait a minute longer. Contact 1-800-273- TALK (8255) for help.
Suicide attempts are suicide are a continuing problem in the military, where suicide is the third leading cause of death.*
Suicide prevention efforts that more explicitly embrace the military culture and implement evidence-based strategies across the full spectrum of prevention and treatment could improve success.**
- A comparative Review of U.S. Military and Civilian Suicide Behavior
- Military Suicide Research Consortium
- Suicide Prevention Research (Federal Priority)
- Veteran Suicide Data - Mental Health
- Stopping suicide in the military
- Suicide prevention strategies with the military - affiliated population
- Suicide Prevention - Mental Health
- Your VA Transition Assistance Program (TAP) - Transition and Economic Development
- Military Health System: Suicide Prevention Resources
Operation Pop Smoke was built to offer a community of peer support to veterans who have struggled transitioning into civilian life. If you or someone you love is lacking human connection and/or concerned about sharing your deepest darkest pains with family or friends, start with OPS. You will find the support you need to take additional steps toward healing.
- DoD Transition Assistance Program
- A review of the effectiveness of military suicide prevention programs in reducing rates of military suicides
- Understanding and Preventing Military Suicide
- What we've learned through research
- Suicide, social integration, and masculinity in the U.S. military
- Counseling Crisis Help Suicide Prevention Resources for Military & Veterans.