Suicide Prevention Month; Support Women Veterans

Rally Cry for Suicide Prevention Month: Support Women Veterans

It’s a big mistake to assume that, because Women Veterans have bravely served their country, showing resilience and courage in the face of adversity, they are immune to internal struggle or personal crises. Beneath their strong exterior, many Women Veterans carry invisible burdens that often go unnoticed. As we enter Suicide Prevention Month, it’s essential to acknowledge this immutable truth: we are losing Women Veterans because of serious burdens that lead them to suicide.

We can do more to ease and prevent those burdens.

And that is our rally cry for Suicide Prevention Month 2023:

What will you do to support Women Veterans?

Recognizing the Crisis

There’s no denying the gravity of the situation. The statistics surrounding Women Veterans and suicide paint a grim picture, emphasizing the urgency of our response.


  • The second leading cause of death for Women Veterans aged 18-34 is suicide.
  • The suicide rate for Women Veterans nearly doubles that of non-Veteran women.

These statistics are not just numbers; they represent the profound struggles faced by the brave women who have served in the military.

Women Veterans are often the sole caregiver for their children. They represent the fastest growing population of homeless veterans. They confront higher rates of unemployment, underemployment, and lower salaries. And an undercurrent of stress due to Military Sexual Trauma, PTSD, and depression burdens their post-military experience in profound ways.

These burdens can leave Women Veterans feeling alone, isolated, and weighed down by despair.

We at WVIF have seen firsthand how these burdens have brought Women Veterans to the brink of suicide.

And, we are convinced that there is hope. There are solutions. Peer to peer support, outreach, and direct engagement through meaningful experiences are known to be impactful solutions in suicide prevention.

5 Actions You Can Take to Support Women Veterans

Providing meaningful support has to be a collective, full-scale effort. All levels of government, nonprofit organizations, public and private entities, and Americans across the nation can all do something to reach out and provide care and compassion to Women Veterans.

It’s imperative that we, as a society and as individuals, recognize the urgent need for support and intervention. Help us recognize Suicide Prevention Month by answering the rally cry this month. Support Women Veterans who might be struggling in one or more of these 5 ways.

Reach Out Directly

One of the most meaningful actions you can take is reaching out directly to the Women Veterans in your life. In fact, studies show that people who are struggling with suicidal ideations feel relief when someone reaches out to them in a caring way.

A simple, heartfelt message or a phone call can make a world of difference. Many Women Veterans may be struggling silently, feeling isolated, and disconnected from their civilian communities. Your outreach can remind them that they are not alone and that their well-being matters.

How to Do It: Send a thoughtful text, make a call, or meet in person if possible. Express your genuine concern and willingness to listen without judgment. Let them know you are there to support them through any challenges they may be facing.

Cultivate an Empowering Workplace

For those who are employers or coworkers of Women Veterans, creating an empowering workplace makes an enormous difference. Women Veterans bring a wealth of skills and experiences to the workforce, but they may also carry invisible wounds from their service.

By fostering an inclusive, understanding workplace, you can help them thrive.

How to Do It: Develop specialized recruitment and onboarding programs for Women Veteran employees. Promote diversity and inclusion, ensuring that all employees feel valued and supported. Implement special programs that recognize Women Veteran employees, honor their service, and help them feel valued. Be flexible with scheduling to accommodate medical appointments or therapy sessions.

Build a Network of Resources and Connections

Community connections are vital for Women Veterans, as they provide a sense of belonging and understanding. If your friend or family member is a Woman Veteran, help her discover Women Veteran-focused organizations, support groups, or local community events.

Help Women Veterans in your life access help if she needs it. The Veterans Crisis Line offers free, confidential support, 24/7/365. Accessing resources and tapping into networks build connections that can be lifelines for those who may be struggling.

How to Do It: Share information about local Veteran support groups or events. Offer to accompany them to meetings or activities until they feel more comfortable attending on their own. Share the Veterans Crisis Line information with your social networks and with those you love:

  • Dial 988 and Press 1
  • Click here for Live Chat
  • Text 838255

Close Open Loops

When you reach out to a Women Veteran who may be going through a difficult time, it’s crucial to follow up and maintain contact.

Often, individuals may appreciate the initial outreach but hesitate to burden others with ongoing struggles. By consistently checking in, you convey genuine care and concern.

How to Do It: If you reach out to a Woman Veteran who is struggling, but she doesn’t return your message, keep following up. Call, text, or drop by for a visit. Let her know that you genuinely care, and that you’re there for her. After you connect, remember to follow up again, with a supportive message or invitation to a coffee date. These follow-ups will close the loop and create a strong sense of support to those who need it.

Support Suicide Prevention Programs

Many nonprofits and organizations are dedicated to improving the lives of Women Veterans. In most cases, they are able to provide advanced and targeted support that individuals can’t do on their own.

Your financial support can enable these organizations to provide critical services, such as mental health programs, housing assistance, and career development resources. Recognizing Suicide Prevention Month with a financial contribution can make a substantial difference in the lives of those who struggle.

How to Do It: Research reputable nonprofits focused on Women Veterans’ well-being and contribute to their causes. Even small donations can make a meaningful impact. Consider organizing fundraisers or charity events to involve your community in supporting these organizations. WVIF meets Women Veterans at their points of need, especially through our Operation Safety Net program. This program provides crisis relief to Women Veterans who need it most.

Your Compassion Makes a Difference

During Suicide Prevention Month and beyond, your compassion and actions can save lives and improve the well-being of Women Veterans. Your thoughtful actions and meaningful support play a vital role in ensuring that Women Veterans receive the care they deserve.

Remember that your efforts may not only provide immediate relief but also foster lasting change by breaking down stigmas and promoting understanding around mental health. Every gesture of kindness and support makes a difference in the lives of those who have served our nation with honor and courage.