HEIDELBERG, Germany, Oct. 12, 2011 -- Installation Management Command Europe officials announced toll-free European access to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Veterans Crisis Line on Oct. 5.

All active-duty military, civilians, family members and contractors can reach the Lifeline by dialing DSN 118 from any Army garrison DSN phone or commercially via a toll-free European number, 00800-1273-TALK (8255).

The toll-free number can be dialed from fixed-line telephones and most cell phones in Germany, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. The toll-free number may not be reachable from all prepaid cell phones and some cell phone callers may incur charges.

A live Internet-based chat service is also available at www.militarycrisisline.net.

All calls are confidential and will be answered by trained crisis counselors. If you, or someone you know, is considering suicide -- Get Help!