Suicide Prevention, Mental Health, and Burnout
Veterans Crisis Line
If you’re a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one, connect with our caring, qualified Veterans Crisis Line responders for confidential help. Many of them are Veterans themselves. This service is private, free, and available 24/7.
988 Suicide & Crisis Line
The resources and information on this page are designed to help states, territories, tribes, mental health and substance use disorder professionals, and others looking for information on understanding the background, history, funding opportunities, and implementation resources for strengthening suicide prevention and mental health crisis services.
VA Mental Health, Suicide Prevention
VA’s top clinical priority is preventing suicide among all Veterans — including those who do not, and may never, seek care within the VA health care system. As a Veteran, you can play a role in fulfilling this mission, and VA can equip you with tools to do your part. You can explore suicide prevention resources to build networks of support among community-based organizations, Veterans Service Organizations, health care providers, and other members of your community that strengthen protective factors for Veterans.
Veteran Suicide Prevention
If you’re a Veteran in a mental health crisis and you’re thinking about hurting yourself—or you know a Veteran who’s considering this—get help right away. You’re not alone.
Suicide can touch anyone, anywhere, and at any time. But it is not inevitable. There is hope. Suicide takes precious lives. It can affect anyone, anywhere at any time, devastating families and even entire communities. But it is not inevitable. Help prevent suicide and offer support to those in crisis by sharing and airing these resources.
Suicide Prevention: For American Indian and Alaska Native Communities
Find organizations, articles, and other resources that American Indian and Alaska Native Communities can use to strengthen suicide prevention efforts.
Burnout, Stress, and Trauma
The White House
The White House has recently published two important fact sheets about the mental health crisis we are experiencing as a nation: President Biden to Announce Strategy to Address Our National Mental Health Crisis, As Part of Unity Agenda in his First State of the Union and Biden-Harris Administration Announces New Actions to Tackle Nation’s Mental Health Crisis.
- President Biden’s Strategy to Address Our National Mental Health Crisis, As Part of Unity Agenda in his First State of the Union Fact Sheet:
- New Actions to Tackle Nation’s Mental Health Crisis Fact Sheet:
Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
OPM is committed to helping Federal agencies integrate prevention strategies into their workplace to ensure employees’ health and wellness.
- OPM’s Health & Wellness:
- OPM’s Work-Life:
SAMSAH Resource Guide
Burnout results from chronic workplace stress. This guide highlights organization-level interventions that can help prevent and reduce burnout.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) provides important information about occupational stress. Topics include a definition of job stress, the causes of job stress, the relationship between stress and health, and other related issues.
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
HHS’ Office of the U.S. Surgeon General has identified health worker burnout as one of its current priorities. They have published the Addressing Health Worker Burnout advisory and made it available to the public on their website. To access the U.S. Surgeon General’s Addressing Health Worker Burnout advisory, visit: https://www.hhs.gov/surgeongeneral/priorities/health-worker-burnout/index.html
The Recovery Village
Post-traumatic stress affects many individuals. Understanding its signs and symptoms is important, as is why we no longer refer to it as a disorder.
The Secondary Traumatic Stress Consortium
The Secondary Traumatic Stress Consortium has curated a number of resources for addressing secondary traumatic stress. The list offers articles, assessment tools, books, and much more to help understand secondary traumatic stress.
The Mayo Clinic
The Mayo Clinic offers a variety of resources including articles and videos on how to handle stress.
Department of Labor (DOL)
DOL’s Mental Health at Work page provides mental health resources that create workplaces that prioritize mental health. In addition, DOL’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides general guidance and tips for employers in managing workplace stress.
- DOL’s Mental Health at Work:
- OSHA’s Workplace Stress:
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the U.S. Surgeon General
The U.S. Surgeon General has developed a framework for workplace mental health and well-being to provide a foundation for workplaces to build upon. This framework can help workplaces show workers they matter and provide their employees with the resources and support necessary to flourish.
HealthGuide.org offers information and resources on a variety of mental health topics. They focus on topics related to health and wellness, children and family, relationships, aging, and meditation.
- Mental Health Resources:
- Health and Wellness:
- Guided Meditations: