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Public Service Announcements
Be There: Help Save a Life (2017)
Whether you have a minute or an hour, your genuine act of kindness can help someone going through a difficult time feel included and less alone. This video emphasizes that we can all play a role in preventing suicide — and that showing someone you care can be an important first step. Your actions could help save a life.
This PSA highlights the transitions — such as sending a child off to college, retiring, or losing a loved one — that Veterans and Servicemembers may navigate in their lives. Sometimes these challenges contribute to feelings of hopelessness or even thoughts of suicide. That’s when the support of family and friends can make a big difference.
I’m Good. But are you ready to listen? (2016)
When you ask how someone is doing and get the response “I’m good,” do you ever give it a second thought? The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Department of Defense have come together to create a video that addresses this question. “I’m Good” features actual Veterans and Service members talking about the conflicting feelings that sometimes underlie offhand responses like “I’m good.” It also highlights the important role that families, friends, co-workers, and other acquaintances can play in helping to prevent suicide. The video emphasizes the importance of being there for the people in our lives who, though they may not always show it, aren’t doing so well.
1 Act (2015)
To someone going through a difficult time, a text, a call, or a visit can mean so much. And sometimes, even the smallest act has the power to change a life. That’s The Power of 1: One person, one connection, or one simple act of compassion can open the door to vital support for a Veteran in crisis.
Lost: The Power of One Connection (2015)
For some Veterans, life after service is difficult. “Lost: The Power of One Connection” shows how one person can make a big difference to a Veteran in crisis.
The Power of 1 (2014)
"The Power of 1" shows how taking the time to reach out can be the first step to getting those who served the support they need. A single action — one call, one chat, one text, one conversation — can have a significant impact.
In following through on their commitment to protect our country, Veterans defended what matters most. “Commitments” shows how their pledge to serve, and the experiences Veterans have had, continue to affect them.
Talking About It Matters (2013)
Families and friends play a big role in helping Veterans through challenges. “Talking About It Matters” shows how asking the hard questions can be the first step toward Veterans’ getting support.
These Hands (2013)
“These Hands” gives glimpses of Veterans as they served our country, and links to how important family members and friends can be in recognizing the challenges of transitioning to civilian life.
Stand by Them (2013)
We’re all in this together: “Stand by Them” calls on family members, friends, and communities to support the Veterans and Service members who have stood up for them in defense of our Nation.
Side by Side (2012)
It’s OK to not understand what Veterans go through during service or when they return: As “Side by Side” shows, you can still make a difference. No matter what’s going on, support is available.
Common Journey (2012)
“Common Journey” follows the Veteran’s journey from recruitment and boot camp — and, in a twist common to many recent Veterans, to the sometimes difficult transition back to civilian life.
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“Perspectives” portrays two young Veterans getting care through VA, one of whom tells his friend he’s glad he made the call to the Veterans Crisis Line.
Waking Up (2011)
“Waking Up” offers a glimpse of some of the challenges faced by one resilient Vietnam Veteran who chose to make the call to the Veterans Crisis Line.
After The Call (2016)
“After the Call” offers a glimpse into the lifesaving work of five Suicide Prevention Coordinators (SPCs) ― who share their real stories about the work they do every day to support Veterans and their loved ones. Veterans are referred to SPCs through either the Veterans Crisis Line or VA Medical Centers for help navigating VA’s network of care. Veterans dealing with mental health conditions and difficult life events and experiences can call on any of the 300 SPCs nationwide to get connected with the most appropriate treatment and support plan.
Behind the Scenes (2015)
“Behind the Scenes” provides a look into the Veterans Crisis Line call center, housed in Canandaigua, N.Y., where qualified, caring responders answer the calls of Veterans, Service members, and their families and friends in times of crisis. In the video, VA responders, some of them Veterans themselves, share their stories and experiences in providing vital support and referrals for Veterans and their loved ones.
Fierce Loyalty: Safety Plan (2014)
This version of “Fierce Loyalty” can be used by clinicians as a tool to help train health care providers about the importance of encouraging Veteran patients and their loved ones to create a safety plan they can implement if the Veteran is experiencing a crisis or may be at risk for suicide. The video includes testimonials from a VA Suicide Prevention Coordinator and a VA Medical Center clinician to explain the big impact a safety plan can have in helping a Veteran to get the help he or she needs.
Fierce Loyalty: Safety Plan (2014)
This version of “Fierce Loyalty” can help Veterans and their loved ones understand the importance of creating a safety plan tailored to individual or family needs that can support someone in the home who may be in crisis. The video tells the story of how working with VA counselors to create and implement a safety plan helped one Veteran and his family, and encourages others to talk with their health care providers about safety planning.
Gun Safety (2014)
The Veterans Crisis Line gun safety video shows the importance of taking precautions at home when a firearm is present. Simple actions can help Veterans, Service members, and their families stay safe.
Beyond the Call (2013)
“Beyond the Call” features testimonials from Veterans’ family members and friends who helped them through difficult times, and encourage others to help connect Veterans in crisis with support.
Veteran Suicide: Ask the Question (2012)
In “Ask the Question,” mental health care providers dispel myths, and talk about the importance of asking difficult questions of Veteran patients who show the warning signs of suicide.