Hampton VA Medical Center
Suicide Prevention Week
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is committed to preventing suicide and building resilience among all Veterans of all ages and circumstances.
During National Suicide Prevention Week, Sept. 4-10, you can help make a difference in the lives of Veterans. VA’s theme for the week is Changing the Legacy of Suicide: Success Before Stress, emphasizing the positive steps Veterans can take to get through a crisis. You can help us make Success Before Stress a reality for every Veteran through three simple actions:
- Know the warning signs of suicide risk. People in a suicidal crisis share many of the same behaviors and feelings. Learn to recognize the signs at www.VeteransCrisisLine.net/SignsOfCrisis
- Keep Veterans Crisis Line information handy. The Veterans Crisis Line offers free, confidential support for all Veterans and their families, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Keep the Veterans Crisis Line number on your phone and bookmark the link for online chat on your computer.
- Spread the word! Tell all the Veterans you know—as well as their families and friends—about the Veterans Crisis Line. Don’t wait until you see signs of crisis to let them know they can get support whenever they need it.
People experience emotional and mental health crises in response to a wide range of situations. For Veterans, these crises can be heightened by their experiences in military service. When emotional issues reach a crisis point, the Veterans Crisis Line offers support that can make a difference.
On Tuesday, Sept. 6, the Hampton VA Medical Center (VAMC) will have Suicide Prevention Week information tables located in both the Outpatient Clinic and Mental Health areas. Veterans are encouraged to stop by the tables from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. to speak with representatives and pick up information bags and giveaways.
Visit www.VeteransCrisisLine.net today to learn more. Or call on our local Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Lynne Allison at (757) 722-9961/extension 1490, to find out how you can help Veterans discover success before stress. You can also log onto www.VeteransCrisisLine.net/ResourceLocator to find a Suicide Prevention coordinator nearest you.
Together we can save lives and make every week Suicide Prevention Week.