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Service members and veterans are at higher risk for suicide. It is important that we support our service members, veterans, and their families during and after their service to cope with the stresses and trauma often associated with their work.

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A program to reduce veteran suicide from the CDC Foundation.

A great starting place for getting connected to a variety of mental health and social services for veterans in Rhode Island.

Here is information about Rhode Island-based mental health services for Veterans through the VA.

A variety of mental health resources, information, treatment options, and more for veterans, veterans’ supporters, and the general public.

If you are a veteran in crisis or are concerned about one, connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders. Many of them are veterans themselves. Call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1, or text 838255.

Rhode Island’s primary resource for homeless and at-risk veterans.

A network of public, private and nonprofit organizations serving veterans, service members and their families in Rhode Island. This platform connects SMVF local services.

Learn more about reducing access to things people can use for suicide, like firearms or medicines.

Training is available for and about Service Members, Veterans, and their Families

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention offers this suicide prevention training available for general audiences with specific modules for seniors, LGBTQ people, and workplace settings.

Now Matters Now, a skills-based site grounded in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and supported by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, offers free training for those with suicidal thoughts, substance or mental health problems or their family members and friends. It also offers courses for healthcare, crisis, peer support service and school counseling providers.

For healthcare providers, service members, veterans, families, caregivers and the community-at-large

Courses for anyone from Psych/Armor on understanding military culture.

A course that teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. It focuses on reaching out to provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.

A one-hour training focused on “gatekeepers”—people in a position to recognize a crisis and do something about it. A gatekeeper can be a friend, coworker, teacher, boss, or parent.