September is Suicide Prevention Month, and the Overton Brooks VA Medical Center wants to remind veterans and their loved ones through the Be There campaign that small actions can make a big difference to veterans experiencing difficult times.
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During this and every month, the Shreveport VA hospital remains committed to spreading awareness of suicide prevention to veterans and their supporters and connecting them to the resources they need.
Be There suggests several simple actions that can help make a difference for a veteran to include:
Learning about the warning signs of suicide, found on the Veterans Crisis Line website
- Watching the free A.V.E. training video to learn how to respond with care and compassion if someone indicates they are having thoughts of suicide.
- Contacting VA’s
- program where a licensed psychologist or social worker will provide loved ones with guidance for motivating veterans to seek support. This can be reached at https://www.mirecc.va.gov/coaching/
- Sharing stories of hope and recovery from VA’s
- at maketheconnection.net
- Reaching out to the veterans in your life to show them you care by sending a check-in text, cook them dinner or simply asking, “How are you?”
- Attend the Virtual Community Mental Health Summit 2020 on Sept. 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Email email@example.com or call (318) 990-5917 to register. A WebEx event invite will be sent to all who register.
For more information and resources visit BeThereForVeterans.com.
If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, contact the Veterans Crisis Line to receive free, confidential support and crisis intervention available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, text to 838255, or chat online at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat.
For more information on ways for Veterans to maintain and enhance their mental health and well-being, or to ask questions, visit www.mentalhealth.va.gov or locally call (318) 990-5051.