Anytime a fellow Soldier talks or jokes about wanting out, take it seriously.
Tips for talking to a friend
Ask (if she is considering harming herself)
- Asking shows you care
- Avoid advice, arguing, or down playing how she feels
- Listen without judgment
- Offer reassurance
- Never leave your friend alone—in person or on the phone. Offer to escort her to see a behavioral health provider, chaplain, or a primary care provider. If you’re on the phone, ask that she please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) and press 1 for the Military Crisis Line.
The Lifeline is staffed 24/7 by people who understand what Soldiers have been through and the daily challenges your friend and you face. It’s a confidential and free service.
If you believe your friend is in immediate danger, call 911.
If you need support talking to your friend, you can also call the 24/7 free and confidential National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) and press 1 for the Military Crisis Line. You can also send a text to 838255 or have a confidential live chat to help you help your friend.
Read more about suicide warning signs and how to talk to your friend or family member.