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Erie VA Medical Center

 

Suicide Prevention Coordinators

Erie VAMC's Suicide Prevention Coordinators work with VA staff, behavioral health professionals, and Veterans and their families to assist Veterans during times of crisis and ensure they receive the health care and support they need.  In addition to the Suicide Prevention Coordinators, Erie VAMC's Behavioral Health Clinic offers a wide-variety of support services designed to address the unique issues Veterans face and to help them cope and recover from emotional or mental distress. 

To contact one of Erie VAMC's Suicide Prevention Coordinators, please call 814-860-2038.

Veterans who may be contemplating suicide, or family members and friends who have observed any suicidal behavior, are urged to call the VA’s 24-hour Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255.  The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through this confidential toll-free hotline. For additional information, please visit the Veterans Crisis Line web page.

Gun Safety

For someone in crisis, a locked firearm can mean the difference between a tragic outcome and a life saved. Though many Veterans are well-versed in gun safety, all Veterans and their families should understand how to properly handle and store firearms in the home. Download this gun safety guide for some simple steps to keep you and your family safe. Veterans are also encouraged to check into their local community resources for firearm and hunting safety courses.

To protect Veterans and their family members, VA endorses Project ChildSafe, a program that provides cable gun locks for free at VA medical facilities across the country. Gun safety locks not only help protect the lives of Veterans, but also their family members.

Veterans can pick up a gun lock at the Behavioral Health Clinic (Building 8) at the Erie VA Medical Center or call 814-860-2038 to learn more.

Contact Info

Location

  • Behavioral Health Clinic
    Building 8

Contact Number(s)

  • 814-860-2038
  • 800-273-8255

Hours of Operation

  • Monday - Friday; 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.