Iraq, Afghanistan War Veterans Using VA Suicide Hotline

July 28, 2008

According to a report, the number of U.S. war veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan with stress problems is growing.  Many are apparently turning to the Veterans Affairs Department's suicide hotline for help....Boston (ChattahBox) – According to a report, the number of U.S. war veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan with stress problems is growing. Many are apparently turning to the Veterans Affairs Department’s suicide hotline for help.

The Veterans Affairs Department worked with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to set up the suicide hotline not too long ago.

The national suicide prevention coordinator of the Veteran Affairs Department, Janet Hemp stated that over 22,000 veterans sought help from the suicide hotline in the past 12 months

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By doing so, the suicide hotline has managed to prevent over 1,200 suicides in total.

The suicide hotline received 250 calls each day, and is expected to get more popular as more veterans come home.


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