La Frontera launches suicide hotline for veterans - Tucson News Now

La Frontera launches suicide hotline for veterans

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A new initiative called "Rally Point" is aimed at helping any veteran who is experiencing a sense of depression, sadness or hopelessness.

Sadly, nearly 20 percent of all suicides in our nation involve individuals who have served our country in the military. 

By calling 1-855-Rally4U (1-855-725-5948), La Frontera hopes to help.

This time of year can be particularly stressful on the veteran population.

Which is why the behavioral health professionals at La Frontera are doing everything they can to reach out to veterans and let them know that help is available.

"Last year more than 6,000 veterans and service members died by suicide," says the narrator on La Frontera's Rally Point public service announcement. 

Through a grant from the Arizona Department of Veterans Services in partnership with Arizona Coalition for Military Families, La Frontera is launching a campaign to help veterans win the war at home.

Whether it be through drug and alcohol abuse, post traumatic stress or just having a difficult time transitioning back into society, the suicide rate amongst active and former military personnel is higher than it's ever been.

One active duty member kills him or herself every day, while 18 veterans commit suicide on a daily basis as well.

That's one military suicide every 80 minutes in our country.

That's also why the Rally Point campaign is so important.

"So what we're trying to do is to roll out kind of a helping hand to our military and military veterans and their families by people who've been there, experienced what they've experienced, can understand what they're going through...and kind of help them find the help that they really need," says Dan Ranieri, PhD, president and CEO of La Frontera Arizona.

The Rally Point campaign is being launched right now because the holidays can be especially tough on veterans.

The Rally Point hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

For more information on the hotline and La Frontera services visit www.RallyPointAZ.org.

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