Suicide Prevention

Overview Suicide affects all Americans. The White House and VA joined efforts in launching the REACH on July 7, 2020, a national public health campaign aimed at empowering all Americans to support suicide prevention. Veterans are committing suicide at a higher rate than the general population. Thoughts of suicide are painful. Those who have previously […]

Suicide Prevention Contact

The Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 50 Irving Street, NW, Washington, DC 20422 offers a patient centered team approach to zero suicides. The program specialists of the Suicide Prevention Program are highly skilled and use evidence-based practice and listen to Veterans. The Suicide Prevention Program offers support by call Veterans who may be at […]

VA RELEASES “TOGETHER WE CAN” INFORMATION SHEETS ON COPING WITH A SUICIDE LOSS AND HOW TO TALK TO CHILDREN ABOUT SUICIDE

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has added two new information summaries to its Together We Can series: ?Coping With a Suicide Loss? and ?Talking to Children About a Suicide or Suicide Attempt of Someone They Know.? In the wake of a suicide, family members, friends, caregivers and co-workers may process grief differently. Talking […]

Suicide Prevention Resources and Referrals for Service Members and Veterans

Suicide is an ill-reversible loss that can be prevented. If you are thinking about committing suicide or causing to yourself help is available. Suicide in never a solution to the problems and challenges you may be experiencing at the present time. To date, we know that a Service member or a Veteran thinking about suicide […]

VA Releases 2019 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report

VA released the 2019 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report, which includes findings from its most recent analysis of 2005?2017 suicide rates for both Veteran and non-Veteran populations. Data from the report emphasizes that suicide is a public health problem impacting Veterans and non-Veterans across the nation. VA offers within this report a renewed and […]

Pentagon Struggles to Address Service Member Suicides

The Pentagon on Tuesday outlined its strategy to address the record-high veteran and military member suicide rates that both the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments have struggled to address, a crisis hampered by leadership turnover and poor management in both departments. The Pentagon’s evolving initiative involves gathering better, standardized data, which will be released in the department’s […]

September is Suicide Prevention Month

  The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) collaborates with the Department of Defense to empower communities to take action to support our Nation’s Service members and Veterans year-round and especially during Suicide Prevention Month in September.   Each community across the county plays a role in supporting Service members and Veterans.  You don’t need […]

Veterans Crisis Line – Confidential Help for Veterans and Their Families

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides professional responders to receive calls from Veterans most in need of advice and assistance regarding family matters.  The Veteran may be experiencing financial hardship, emotional distress or suicidal thoughts.  The Veterans Crisis Line can help.  Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1.  The responders are available to take your call […]

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