Support for Those Who Serve
Lines for Life Military Helpline
We offer help over the phone to Service Members, Veterans, and their families. This 24/7 helpline is free, confidential, operated independently, and not affiliated with the Department of Defense. The Military Helpline provides emotional support and referral to additional resources – helping you and your loved ones find hope.
Improving the Lives of Service Members, Veterans & Families in Oregon
Lines for Life remains a leader in support for Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVF) in Oregon and beyond. We are developing new tools to prevent and address crisis before, during, and after military service.
Oregon is home to an estimated 284,141 Veterans.
Over the past 20 years, Oregon’s SMVF population – including National Guard & Reserves – has served our communities and country despite having no active-duty installation within the state.
Oregon’s suicide rate for Veterans is significantly higher than the national Veteran suicide rate and the rate for the general population nationwide.
In 2020, 128 Oregon Veterans died by suicide.
Preventing Veteran and Military suicide in Oregon requires extensive knowledge of military culture and specific strategies to address risk for firearm owners. Our military culture experts consult with the Oregon Firearm Safety Coalition as well as community members and leaders to continuously improve the support we provide to those who serve our country.
With support from our partners at Oregon Health Authority and Boeing, we have grown our programs and services for Oregon military communities.
Service Member, Veteran & Family Programs
Military Culture Awareness & Suicide Prevention Training for Providers (MCASP)
Veterans face unique barriers to accessing medical and behavioral healthcare. Many providers, although highly skilled, are unfamiliar with Military culture and the unique needs of Veterans as they pertain to behavioral health, and more specifically, to suicidality.
The MCASP Training for Providers is a two-day training that addresses in-depth knowledge and skills to bridge this gap between providers and Veterans who seek care. By educating providers on Veteran and Military-specific language and other cultural cues, as well as providing access to specific suicide prevention and intervention assessments, we hope to improve providers’ familiarity with Service Members’ needs around mental health and suicide.
Military to Civilian Transition Workshops
Lines for Life is creating a new program to support military service members, veterans, and their loved ones throughout their transition out of the military to civilian life.
In these workshops, we’re collaborating with Veterans and Service Members who have experienced this transition themselves or are about to, and those who know the existing services and systems well enough to explain what works and what doesn’t.
We know that every transition looks different – we want this program to provide quality support at separation and beyond.
Veterans + Military Suicide Prevention Conference (VMSPC)
Lines for Life hosts VMSPC to build a multi-pronged regional strategy for suicide prevention in Veteran and Military communities. Veterans, Service Members, families and service providers come together to collaborate on approaches for strengthening peer-to-peer support structures, improving visibility of community services, and best practices for providing support to underserved Veteran and Military communities (women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ populations).