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Here are the mental health services available to veterans in Arizona

Learn about the resources available to veterans while celebrating their courage and sacrifices on this Veterans Day.
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ARIZONA, USA — The suicide rate of veterans in Arizona is significantly higher than the national veteran suicide rate and the national suicide rate in general.

Arizona veterans have a suicide rate of 44.9 compared to the National Veteran Suicide Rate of 31.0 and the National Suicide Rate of 18.1, according to the most recent Veteran Suicide Data Sheet from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affais. Statewide, veterans are more likely to die by suicide than non-veterans.

Veterans Day is held on Nov. 11 every year in order to honor the courage and commitment of the military veterans of the United States. But, during this time of celebration, it is important to remember that many of our veterans across Arizona and the nation came back with wounds, some harder to see than others.

Below is a list of mental health resources designed specifically for veterans across Arizona. It is not a complete list. If you happen to have any other resources that should have a place on this list, feel free to email them to connect@12news.com with the subject line "Veteran Resources."

If you're in a crisis:

If you are experiencing a behavioral health crisis, please call one of the following crisis lines.

Veteran-specific crisis hotlines:

Reservation Resources:

  • Navajo Nation:
  • Pascua Yaqui Tribe:
  • White Mountain Apache Tribe:

Arizona county-specific suicide and crisis hotlines:

  • Maricopa County:
    602-222-9444 or 1-800-631-1314
  • Gila River and Ak-Chin Indian Communities:
  • Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community:
  • Apache, Coconino, Gila, Mohave, Navajo and Yavapai:
  • Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, La Paz, Pim, Pinal, Santa Cruz, and Yuma:

National 24-hour crisis hotlines:

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
    1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Find Support Near You No matter what you are experiencing, there is support for getting your life back on track. What to Expect A trained responder will answer your call, text, or chat and ask you a few questions. You can decide how much you want to share.

How to recognize when a veteran you know needs help:

The Arizona Department of Veterans' Services offers a list of warning signs to look out for in order to recognize when a veteran or civilian you know is mentally unwell or is at risk for suicide.

Veteran specific risks:

  • Frequent deployments
  • Deployments to hostile environments
  • Exposure to extreme stress
  • Physical/sexual assault while in the service (not limited to women)
  • Length of deployments
  • Service related injury

General risks:

  • Talking about wanting to hurt or kill oneself
  • Trying to get pills, guns, or other means to harm oneself
  • Talking or writing about death, dying or suicide
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Experiencing rage, uncontrolled anger or seeking revenge
  • Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities
  • Feeling trapped, like there's no way out
  • Saying or feeling there's no reason for living
  • Abusing drugs or alcohol
  • Withdrawing from friends or family
  • Having dramatic changes in mood
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Giving away possessions 

In-person care options for veterans:

The Veterans Health Administration, and the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs at large, provide suicide prevention coordinators and multiple other resources at medical centers and community-based clinics across Arizona, according to the Arizona Department of Veterans' Services.

The following is a list of mental health resources from the department that you can contact for help and/or treatment:

US Department of Veterans’ Affairs Suicide Prevention Points of Contact:

Resources by community:

Are you, or someone you know, at risk for suicide?

How veterans can access and/or pay for behavioral health resources:

The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System has a flowchart which can help inform veterans and civilians of options available that help in accessing and paying for Arizona behavioral health services:

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