VA will open a third Veterans Crisis Line call center in Kansas
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) said it will open a third suicide prevention hotline call center in the near future.
The Veterans Crisis Line call center is slated to open in Topeka, Kansas, at the VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System, and would add approximately 100 personnel.
Currently, more than 500 personnel staff and operate the 24/7 hotlines in New York and Georgia.
September is also Suicide Prevention Month.
“When it comes to preventing Veteran suicide, we will do everything we can to make it as easy as possible for veterans to reach us,” VA Secretary David Shulkin said in a statement, according to Military Times. “The new center in Topeka gives us more feet on the ground and an easier way for veterans to connect with us when they need us most.”
To contact the Veteran Crisis Line, call 1-800-273-8255 and select option 1 for a VA staffer.
Veterans, troops and their family members can also text 838255 or visit VeteransCrisisLine.net for assistance.