Suicide Prevention Month - Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System
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Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System

 

Suicide Prevention Month

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If you believe that a service member or Veteran in your life may be contemplating suicide, call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, text to 838255, or chat online. Qualified and compassionate VA responders are on call 24/7/365 to connect service members and Veterans with support and keep them from harm.

By Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System Public Affairs Office
Friday, September 13, 2019

In observance of Suicide Prevention Month, the Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System (EOVAHCS) is bringing awareness to its #BeThere campaign by encouraging community leaders, colleagues, and Veterans’ families and friends to help prevent suicide by showing support for those who may be going through a difficult time. 

Suicide is a complex national public health issue that affects communities nationwide, with more than 45,000 Americans, including more than 6,000 Veterans, dying by suicide every year. But suicide is preventable. VA is using a community-driven approach to prevent suicide and finding innovative ways to deliver support and care to all 20 million U.S. Veterans whenever and wherever they need it. 

"The Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System is working hard to end Veteran suicide, but we know that only about a third of Veterans come to VA for health care,” said Mark E. Morgan, director, EOVAHCS. “That’s why we need everyone in the community to get involved. This September, and all year, I encourage everyone to take a moment to be there for Veterans in need.  Please don’t underestimate how much you can do!  One act of thoughtfulness can make a big difference and may even save a life.” 

You don’t need special training to prevent suicide. Everyone can play a role by learning to recognize warning signs, showing compassion and care to Veterans in need, and offering your support. Here are some actions anyone can take to Be There: 

Check out VA’s Social Media Safety Toolkit to learn how to recognize and respond to social media posts that may indicate emotional distress, feelings of crisis or thoughts of suicide.

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