If you need immediate help, please call 911 or the Military Crisis Line at 800-273-8255 and press 1

Depression & Suicide

Join the Real Warriors Campaign in sharing resources to help recognize when a warrior may be at risk for depression and what to do when you see warning signs. Start by exploring the articles, materials and videos below.

Depression is a common, treatable, but serious psychological health concern. It can interfere with your daily duties and even increase your risk for other health concerns.

The underlying reasons for depression vary from person to person, but it can affect anyone, anywhere, at any time. It impacts your thoughts, feelings and actions and if left untreated is one of many risk factors for suicide—another grave, but preventable concern.

These two concerns are not always linked, but if you or someone you know is feeling depressed or has thoughts of suicide, it is important to reach out for help right away. In an emergency, call 911 or the Military Crisis Line at 800-273-8255, press 1. If not an emergency, talk to a health care professional as soon as possible for help understanding and treating your symptoms.

Recommended Resources

Dos and Donts Fact Sheet on Psychological Health

Do’s & Don’ts for Communicating about Psychological Health

Learn the do’s and don’ts for talking about psychological health to help promote a positive narrative, address misconceptions and encourage others to reach out for help.

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Army Maj. Jeremy Haynes

Reaching Out Made Me Stronger Brochure – Retired Army Maj. Jeremy Haynes

After experiencing a combat-related traumatic event, know that help and resources are available. Display this mini poster of retired Army Maj. Jeremy Haynes to spread the message that reaching out is a sign of strength and remind others that they don’t have to go it alone.

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Air Force Staff Sgt. Brittany Johnson

Reaching Out Made Me Stronger Brochure – Air Force Staff Sgt. Brittany Johnson

After experiencing a non-combat related traumatic event, know that help and resources are available. Display this mini poster of Air Force Staff Sgt. Brittany Johnson, a sexual assault survivor, to spread the message that reaching out is a sign of strength and remind others that they don’t have to go it alone.

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