Erie VA Medical Center
2017 Suicide Prevention Walk
August 28, 2017
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. This year’s theme is Be There – a simple conversation, a simple question, a simple gesture of support can make a huge different to help Veterans know they are not alone.
When: Monday, September 11; 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 2nd floor pavilion located in the back of the medical center.
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