Julianne Mullane, Program Director – The Veterans Crisis Hotline

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Julianne Mullane, Acting Program Director of The Veterans Crisis Hotline.

Hope For The Warriors offers wonderful free counseling for post 9/11 military veterans and their family members. Sometimes, however; veterans and their family members have emergency situations where they need to talk with someone  during non-business hours. The responders at The Veterans Crisis Line are specially trained and experienced in helping Veterans of all ages and circumstances, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Some of the responders are Veterans themselves and understand what Veterans and their families and friends have been through and the challenges Veterans of all ages and service eras face.

People who know a Veteran best may be the first to recognize emotional distress and reach out for support when issues reach a crisis point — and well before a Veteran is at risk of suicide.

You should call the Veterans Crisis Line, log onto the online chat, or send a text message if you are a Veteran or Service member experiencing an emotional crisis or know one who is, especially when concerned about the risk of physical harm.

Please call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, use the online chat at www.VeteransCrisisLine.net, or send a text message to 838255 immediately if you or a Veteran or Service member you know is experiencing any of the following warning signs:

  • Hopelessness; feeling like there’s no way out 
  • Anxiety, agitation, sleeplessness, mood swings 
  • Feeling like there is no reason to live 
  • Rage or anger
    Engaging in risky activities without thinking
    Increasing alcohol or drug abuse
    Withdrawing from family and friends 

The presence of the following signs requires immediate attention: 

  • Thinking about hurting or killing yourself 
  • Looking for ways to kill yourself
    Talking about death, dying, or suicide 
  • Self-destructive behavior such as drug abuse, weapons, etc. 

Many people do not realize that even if there is no immediate danger, the Veterans Crisis Line is here for you. Crisis feels different for everybody and can stem from a wide range of situations. Some Veterans are coping with aging, stress, relationship problems, financial or legal issues, or lingering effects stemming from their military service, which were never addressed. Some Veterans have difficulty with their relationships or the transition back to civilian life.

To make sure all Veterans and their loved ones are aware of the Veterans Crisis Line, VA is coordinating with communities and partners such as Hope For The Warriors to let Veterans and their loved ones know that support is available whenever, if ever, they need it.

To listen to The Veterans Crisis Hotline interview featuring Hope For The Warriors Talk Radio Hostess, Patti Katter and Julianne Mullane from The Veterans Crisis Hotline please CLICK HERE.

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