Health briefs: Veteran Suicide Prevention Hotline
June 2, 2017
Veterans, service members, and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, send a text message to 838255, or chat online to receive free, confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, even if they are not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care.
The responders at the Veterans Crisis Line are specially trained and experienced in helping Veterans of all ages and circumstances — from those coping with mental health issues that were never addressed to recent Veterans dealing with relationships or the transition back to civilian life.
To reach as many Veterans as possible, VA is coordinating with communities and partner groups nationwide — including community-based organizations, Veterans Service Organizations, and local health care providers — to let Veterans and their loved ones know that support is available whenever, if ever, they need it.
- Dial 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 to talk to someone
- Start a confidential online chat session at http://www.VeteransCrisisLine.net/chat
- Send a text message to 838255 to connect to a VA responder
- Take a self-check quiz at http://www.VeteransCrisisLine.net/quiz
- If you or a Veteran you know is in crisis, find a facility near you
- Visit http://www.MilitaryCrisisLine.net if you are Active Duty, Reserve, or Guardf
- Connect through chat, text, or TTY if you are deaf or hard of hearing
Memorial Regional Health EMS BBQ June 10
Memorial Regional Health Emergency Medical Services and many of Moffat County's First Responder Agencies are hosting the 6th Annual Free Community BBQ. Come out to the park for hamburgers, hot dogs and other fun activities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 10 at Loudy Simpson Park, Craig.
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