May 27th, 2011
As policy makers call for better coordinated healthcare for veterans, the Pentagon’s National Suicide Prevention Hotline for veterans reached a record 14,000 calls in April. Because prevalent suicide plagues the military, family and friends of veterans should look out for signs of depression, especially in those who’ve just returned from duty. Telltale signs for veterans include feeling hopeless or purposeless, unbearable pain and feeling like a burden to others. If you or someone you know is a veteran in need of support, the Pentagon’s hotline, 1-800-273-8255, offers free, confidential counseling. Read more about what the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee says about the level of care provided to veterans. For Louisiana residents who may be experiencing crisis, anxiety or depression, the Louisiana Spirit counseling hotline, 1-866-310-7977, is also available 24/7.
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