DoD Knowledge Base: FAQs

Military Crisis Line
Published: 08/19/2014 | Updated:  08/20/2015
Where can I receive confidential help for Service members and their families in times of crisis?

People experience emotional and mental health crises in response to a wide range of situations - from difficulties in their personal relationships to the loss of a job. For Service members and their families, these crises can be heightened by their experiences in military service. When emotional issues reach a crisis point, it's time to call on the Military Crisis Line (MCL) for support at 1-800-273-8255 (press 1). The MCL is a toll-free, confidential resource that connects Service members in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring responders.

Service members, including members of the National Guard and Reserves, along with their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online at , or send a text message to 838255 to receive free, confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. For more information, please review this Fact Sheet.