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WASHINGTON -- When someone is in crisis and feeling despondent, reaching out for help is a stronger step to take than doing nothing, which can lead to a worsening state, a Military Crisis Line responder told American Forces Press Service today.
Tricia Lucchesi of Canandaigua, N.Y., said she encourages service members, Families, veterans and friends to feel comfortable calling the crisis line.
She said people contact the crisis line to discuss a variety of issues, from feeling suicidal, depressed or anxious to feeling pressure from finances or relationships, among a wealth of other concerns.
I want to encourage people to reach out, day or night, any day of the year, Lucchesi said. Our veterans and service members that do the best are the ones who make those calls.
To reach skilled responders, knowledgeable of military culture, dial 1-800-273-8255 and press No. 1. The crisis line also is available by texting 838255, or through online chat at http://www.veteranscrisisline.net/ActiveDuty.aspx.
People can call the crisis line to speak with trained professionals about their problem safely, anonymously and confidentially, which is really important, Lucchesi said.
We stay on the phone for as long as it takes, she said. Well do whatever we need to do to get that person the help that he needs.