Lines for Life launches new military helpline for veterans struggling with mental health

Lines for Life launches new military helpline for veterans and their families and friends struggling with mental health. KATU photo

PORTLAND, Ore. – More than a dozen veterans die of suicide every day, according to the Veterans Association. It’s a problem a local non-profit is trying to fix.

Lines for Life is expanding. The 24/7, 365-days-a-year crisis line will now focus more on veteran mental health.

According to the Veterans Association, roughly 6,000 veterans kill themselves a year, and it’s been that way since 2008.

Now, there’s a new crisis line that will hopefully help.

“We’re cutting the ribbon on a new call center that’s designed to make sure we’re standing up and supporting the veterans who stood up and defended us over the years,” said Dwight Holton, CEO of Lines for Life.

Lines for Life is a resource for anyone to call in a crisis.

Friday, it’s celebrating the launch of the military helpline. It’s a free, anonymous help call and text line for veterans and their family and friends struggling with mental health.

Lines for Life is also building a new call center which will help field the roughly 1,200 additional calls expected per month because of the veterans crisis line partnership.

“Services like this where we’ve got partnerships with national VA and organizations like Lines for Life are essential to helping meeting those mental health crisis needs and helping find ways forward and help build strong families among our veterans,” Holton said.

To contact the free military helpline, call (888) 457-4838. You can also text MIL1 to 839863. Someone is available all hours of the day.

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