September is Suicide Prevention Month.
Use this opportunity to join the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in educating and empowering your community, networks, and membership to take action to help prevent suicide.
We encourage you to contact your local Suicide Prevention Coordinator (SPC) to see how you can support their efforts by hosting or helping out at a community event. Go to VeteransCrisisLine.net/ResourceLocator to find your local SPC and obtain event materials.
More ways to be there for Veterans and Service members include:
- Start the conversation. Don’t be afraid to start the conversation around mental health and suicide, even if it’s out of your comfort zone. Reaching out can start with a simple text message.
- Know the signs. A major part of suicide prevention is learning to identify and address warning signs for suicide.
- Coordinate a S.A.V.E training to educate your employees about how to recognize suicide risk factors and warning signs.
- Learn about the VA National Strategy for Preventing Veteran Suicide, and how your organization can help contribute to prevent suicide.
You can also get involved by spreading the word about Suicide Prevention Month efforts:
- Share with your social networks using the hashtag #BeThere. Post ready-to-use social media content on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to show your followers how you’re supporting Suicide Prevention Month.
- Publish an article in your newsletter, in email blasts, or on your website.
For more information on supporting Veterans, see:
- Veteran Outreach Toolkit: https://www.va.gov/ve/docs/outreachToolkitPreventingVeteranSuicideIsEveryonesBusiness.pdf
- Suicide Prevention Month website: https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/support/be-there
- Make the Connection website: http://maketheconnection.net
- SVA Mental Health website: http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov