Veterans Crisis Line
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Program Description

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 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, 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.


  • When you call the Veterans Crisis Line, use the online chat, or send a text message, you will receive direct, immediate support from a trained VA responder. Responders are here to listen to you, and they care about what you have to say. They will work with you to provide support and may ask basic questions about your location to determine the best course of action. Responders can provide referrals for VA services and help fast-track appointments with a VA Suicide Prevention Coordinator.


  • Any Veteran or Service member in crisis, or any person concerned about one, can call the confidential Veterans Crisis Line.
  • Any Veteran or Service member can use the Veterans Crisis Line, even if you are not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care and regardless of your discharge status.

Contact Info

Veterans Crisis Line

1-800-273-8255 + 1

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