The American Legion is leading a nationwide effort — “Be the One”— to eliminate the stigma related to mental health treatment, and in turn, lower the number of veterans who die by suicide every day.
The number of veterans who die by suicide every day is estimated at between 17 and 22. The American Legion has elevated Be the One to be its top priority, empowering veterans, servicemembers, their family members and civilians to act appropriately when a veteran may be at risk.
HOW YOU CAN BE THE ONE
What: The American Legion's Be the One initiative encourages American Legion Family members,
veterans, servicemembers and others to take action when they believe a veteran is at risk of
Why: To reduce the alarming number of veteran suicides.
How: Our goal is to destigmatize asking for mental health support, provide peer-to-peer support and
resources, and educate everyone on how they can Be the One.
American Legion support: Stories, videos and promotional items related to this initiative are
available for posts, members and others. Visit betheone.org
For urgent help: Veterans experiencing a crisis can call 988 and press 1 for mental health assistance. Counselors are available 24/7. They may also text 838255 or visit the VA crisis line website veteranscrisisline.net