About This Service
The Veterans Crisis Line 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.
Veterans and their loved ones can call 988 and Press 1, chat online at 988lifeline.org, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Support for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals is available.
About the Provider
Launched in 2007 as the National Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline and renamed the Veterans Crisis Line in 2011, the Crisis Line provides confidential help for veterans and their families.
Any Veteran or Servicemember in crisis, or any person concerned about one, can call the confidential Veterans Crisis Line, use the online chat, or send a text message.
All services are provided free of charge. Though the individual may be charged a fee for texting based on an individual’s mobile plan/service.
When communicating with the Veterans Crisis Line it is your choice whether or not to share personal information. However, if you decide to get support from a VA Suicide Prevention Coordinator, the Veterans Crisis Line responder may ask for your name and some personal information to help set up a meeting.
Information you provide will not be shared unless you give a responder permission to share it or indicate that you would like to receive care after the call, chat, or text session. However, if you are in imminent danger or at risk of harming others, a rescue will be coordinated with local officials.