Veteran? Be Connected.

Those who served in the military, and their families, have a higher risk of dying by suicide. 

Suicide is preventable. Those considering dying by suicide may demonstrate one of the following behaviors:

  • An increase in substance use
  • A change in sleeping pattern
  • Giving away possessions, including pets
  • Depression and withdrawal from social obligations
  • Discussing dying by suicide

Those who served in the military, and their family members, may consider suicide after service. If you have a veteran in your life who is dealing with loss, or exhibiting one of the symptoms above, there are resources available.

Be Connected links those who served in the military, and their families, with resources—including suicide prevention information with a 24-hour helpline: 1-866-4AZ-VETS. Navigators work with those who have served and their families to understand concerns and guide them to the appropriate resource.

If someone in your life is considering dying by suicide, do not leave this person alone. Remove any firearms or unnecessary prescription medications from the home. When in doubt, call 9-11.

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Talk with your teen about suicide prevention

September is suicide prevention month. Did you know on average more than 1,300 Arizonans die by suicide annually? Students of all ages may be at risk.

Suicide is preventable. Those considering dying by suicide may demonstrate one of the following behaviors: 

  • An increase in substance use 
  • A change in sleeping pattern 
  • Giving away possessions, including pets 
  • Depression and withdrawal from social obligations 
  • Discussing dying by suicide

Students, and teens especially, may consider suicide after a sudden loss. A breakup, an argument with a friend, not making a sports team, etc., may trigger immediate depressive symptoms. If you have a student in your life who is dealing with loss, or exhibiting one of the symptoms above, there are resources available.

Teen Lifeline offers a teen help line: 800-248-8336. They also offer information for parents and teachers to identify students at risk, and how to refer them into care. For more information, visit: https://teenlifeline.org/teen-topics/parent/

Teen Lifeline also offers a free program to middle school and high schools. The Badge ID Project prints Teen LifeLine information on school badges, along with a curriculum for administrators, parents, and students. For more information: https://teenlifeline.org/get-involved/arizona-school-id-initiative/

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Seniors are susceptible to death by suicide

September is suicide prevention month. Did you know on average more than 1,300 Arizonans die by suicide annually? The majority of these deaths are those age 65 and older, by gun.

An older person is more likely to consider dying by suicide if he or she is dealing with loneliness, financial stress, or physical pain. Depression is not a normal part of aging.

Suicide is preventable. Older adults considering dying by suicide may demonstrate one of the following behaviors:

  • An increase in substance use, especially alcohol
  • A change in sleeping pattern
  • Giving away possessions, including pets
  • Depression and withdrawal from social obligations
  • Discussing dying by suicide

Do you have someone in your life who may be at risk for suicide? The Area Agency on Aging Eldervention program includes a 24-hour senior help line: (602) 264-4357. They also offer in home counseling and other resources for those who may be at risk. For more information, visit: Area Agency on Aging. Find more suicide prevention resources at AHCCCS.

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