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Erie VA Medical Center

 

Erie VA to host Suicide Prevention Walk

August 30, 2016

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8/30/2016 (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 9; from noon-12:30 p.m.   (weather permitting)

What:            The Suicide Prevention Walk will begin with a brief opening ceremony led by the Erie VA Chaplain.  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.  Staff will be on-site to provide information and resources to all in attendance.

Where:           Erie VA Medical Center 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:              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 Veterans 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 family members can contact the Veterans Crisis Line for confidential support 24/7 at:

·         Call:  1-800-273-8255, Veterans Press 1

·         Text: 838255

·         Chat online:  www.veteranscrisisline.net

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