The risk of suicide is a serious concern for members of the Armed Forces and their families, and the Red Cross is working to help reduce that risk.
Sherri Brown, senior vice president for the Service to the Armed Forces, contributed a blog to the Huffington Post in September to mark Suicide Prevention Month. "In the past year, the Red Cross handled more than 400 suicide-related calls, most from concerned family members and friends," she said.
The Red Cross and Veterans Crisis Line/Military Crisis Line work hand in hand to support military members in need. Active duty military personnel who need help can call the Red Cross at 1-877-272-7337, or the Veterans and Military Crisis Lines at 1-800-273-8255, and press 1. Or they can chat online at VeteransCrisisLine.net or text to 838255.
"Losing even one veteran or service member is one too many," Brown said.