How To Take Care Of Yourself
Ask for help: Don’t be afraid to let your friends know what you need when they ask; they want to help. You can also reach out to confidential 24/7 services like the Veterans Crisis Line.
Find a support group: Talk to other veterans who have gone through the same kind of trauma that you have.
Make a safety plan: Have a step-by-step plan ready for if/when you feel depressed, suicidal, or in crisis, so you can start at step one and continue through the steps until you feel safe.
How To Help
Get them help and take care of yourself: Don’t be afraid to get your loved one the help they might need. The Lifeline and Veterans Crisis Line are always here to talk or chat, both for crisis intervention and to support friends and loved ones.
Be there: Everyone deals with pain differently. A simple act of kindness to the veteran or service member in your life can help that person feel less alone.