September is Suicide Prevention Month - St. Cloud VA Health Care System
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St. Cloud VA Health Care System

 

September is Suicide Prevention Month

September 3, 2020

September is Suicide Prevention Month and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) 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.

During this and every month the St. Cloud VA 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 S.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 Coaching Into Care program where a licensed psychologist or social worker will provide loved ones with guidance for motivating Veterans to seek support.
  • Sharing stories of hope and recovery from VA’s Make the Connection.
  • 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?”

 For more information and resources visit BeThereForVeterans.com.

 Community members interacting with Veterans are asked to #BeThere for them, and to know the local and national points of care that are available to them:

  • Veterans concerned about mental health issues can receive same-day services at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center in Bldg. 111, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday, or from the Urgent Care Clinic in Bldg. 1, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 365 days a year. Veterans can also call a VA Nurse at 320-252-1670, and Press 3, 24 hours a day.
  • Veterans with thoughts of suicide or harming themselves or others should call 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, or call 911 or go to the nearest community hospital emergency department.