STAY is a commitment to yourself, to your comrades, and to your loved ones. It's a declaration to face the internal battles with the same determination that you've shown in your service. It's a call to reach out, to seek help, and to remember that even the strongest among us can need support. Sometimes you are the buddy; sometimes you need a buddy.
You Are Not Alone
You are not alone in this battle. Many service members and first responders have faced similar struggles and have found paths to healing and a healthier, happier life. There are resources and communities dedicated to supporting you.
Reach Out for Help
If you're feeling hopeless, STAY and reach out for help. Start by calling 1‑800‑256‑2522. This is the Behavioral Health Crisis Line, and they're available 24/7 to provide support . You can also reach out to a trusted comrade, friend, or family member and be honest about how you are feeling: If you’ve thought about suicide, let them know.
Remember: The journey to feeling better begins with deciding to STAY
STAY is a simple, powerful message. It's a request for you to stay with us, to stay in this world, and to stay strong in the face of internal battles. It's a message of resilience, and hope. If you are struggling, remember to STAY. Reach out for help. And know that there are people who care about you and want you to stay alive.