By Brent Oto, Suicide Prevention Program Manager, Army Substance Abuse ProgramFebruary 13, 2015
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS -- There are two programs that provide personal counseling, assistance and support to Soldiers, veterans and families in need.
If a service member is having relationship problems, financial problems or just needs to talk, he or she can call the toll free hotlines listed below and talk with a licensed counselor or veteran peer.
These programs are for all ranks, gender and all ages with full anonymity to the caller. There is a sense of hope when a caller can speak with someone and try to resolve the problem holistically.
A veterans resource called "Vets4Warriors" is a national call center that provides a confidential peer-to-peer support for active duty service members, National Guard and Reserve members, and their families.
Spouses, parents, siblings or other family members can contact Vets4Warriors if they are concerned about their service member or if they are facing problems of their own.
Vets4Warriors is staffed with veterans and military family members who understand the problems unique to military life. They are knowledgeable about military benefits and resources, so they can provide information and referrals, as needed.
Call Vets4Warriors, toll free, at 1-855-838-8255. Reach a Vets4Warriors counselor at Info@Vets4Warriors.com or in an online chat at www.vets4warriors.com/Contact.htm.
Information is always be kept confidential.
Military Crisis Line
• The Military Crisis Line
Active, Reserve or National Guard service members in crisis or service members who are in need of urgent help can call "The Military Crisis Line," a confidential support line that's accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year.
The Military Crisis Line is free to all service members, including members of the National Guard, Reserve and veterans -- even if veterans are not registered with Veterans Affairs (VA) or enrolled in VA health care. Hundreds of men and women in the military call every day and get the support that they need.
Qualified responders from the VA staff the Military Crisis Line, many of whom have served in the military. They understand what service members have been through and the challenges members of the military and their loved ones face.
Some service members are coping with stress, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder. Some are faced with challenges in civilian life and others with difficulties in their relationships or transitioning back to employment or education.
A Military Crisis Line responder can provide support any time of the day. Call, toll free, 1-800-273-8255, and press 1. Visit www.veteranscrisisline.net.
(Note: ASAP is part of the Directorate of Human Resources, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii.)