Learn how you can use social media to help prevent Veteran suicide in your community.

 

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published the Social Media Safety Toolkit for Veterans, Their Families, and Friends. This toolkit equips everyone with the knowledge needed to respond to social media posts that indicate a Veteran may be having thoughts of suicide.

  • As discussed in VA’s National Strategy for Preventing Veteran Suicide, social media is an important intervention channel and a key part of VA’s comprehensive, community-based suicide prevention strategy.
  • Many service members and Veterans are active on social media, and some have posted to express emotional distress or thoughts of suicide.
  • Social media has become a critical channel for VA supporters like you to reach Veterans in crisis with safe messaging and resources.

We encourage you to share the Social Media Safety Toolkit within your networks. Just as social media enables family members, friends, and others who interact with Veterans every day to notice changes in their words and actions, social media safety represents an important means of preventing Veteran suicide.

From the Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, Department of Veteran Affairs

Click here to access the toolkit.