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Erie VA Medical Center

 

Erie VA to host Suicide Prevention Awareness Walk

August 29, 2014

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Erie VAMC to host Suicide Prevention Walk

The Power of One:  one call, one text, on chat -- one small act can save a life.

8/29/2014 (Erie, PA) --Erie VA Medical Center will host the annual Suicide Prevention Awareness Walk to remember those who were taken by suicide and to further build awareness of suicide prevention programs available to Veterans.

When:  Friday, September 12; from noon-12:30pm

What:  The Suicide Prevention Walk will begin with a brief opening ceremony led by the Suicide Prevention Coordinators.  Participants will join together for a moment of silence followed by a walk around the VA grounds in memory of those taken by suicide and in support of efforts made to prevent suicide among Veterans.  This year's theme, The Power of One, focuses on the fact that one small act can save a life.  Staff will be on-site to provide information and resources to all in attendance.

Where:  Erie VAMC Gazebo located in the front of the medical center near 38th Street.

Who:  Veterans, their families, VA employees, and community members are all invited to participate.

Why:  Erie VA's Behavioral Health Clinic is hosting a series of events to education Veterans and their families about the warning signs of suicidal throughts and to raise awareness on how Veterans and their families can seek help.  Veterans are more than twice as likely to attempt suicide as the general population.  That's why Erie VA has programs available to address the unique issues many Veteran face.  These programs are designed to help Veterans cope and recover from emotional or mental distress.

Resources:  For emotional or mental distress, Veterans and their families can contact the Veterans Crisis Line for 24/7 confidential support:

For more information about services available to Veterans for mental or emotional support, please call Erie VA's Behavioral Health Clinic at 814-860-2038 or visit www.erie.va.gov

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