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Suicide Prevention

It takes all of us to prevent suicide
Wednesday, September 7, 2011

September 4th – 10th has been designated as Suicide Prevention Awareness Week.  This week is dedicated by both national and private suicide prevention organizations to promote awareness concerning suicide and how individuals and communities can work together to reduce suicide.

STVHCS, with the Suicide Prevention Program, is committed to maintaining our Veteran’s health care needs and dedicated to reducing the number of lives lost to suicide. In the Suicide Prevention Program, we continue to work on heightening the Veteran’s, family member's and employee's awareness of suicidal warning signs and letting them know about the Veteran's Crisis Line that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 1-800-273-TALK (1- 800-273-8255).

Learn to recognize these warning signs:

  • Hopelessness, feeling like there’s no way out
  • Anxiety, agitation, sleeplessness, or mood swings
  • Feeling like there is no reason to live
  • Rage or anger
  • Engaging in risky activities without thinking
  • Increasing alcohol or drug abuse
  • Withdrawing from family and friends

The following signs require immediate attention:

  • Thinking about hurting or killing yourself
  • Looking for ways to kill yourself
  • Talking about death, dying, or suicide
  • Self-destructive behavior such as drug abuse, weapons, etc.

If you are a Veteran or know a Veteran who is experiencing any of these signs, call the Veterans Crisis Line immediately. Responders are standing by to help.

Knowing the suicidal warning signs and having the Veterans Crisis Line can create an opportunity of safety that provides protection and added support for our Veterans. Remember, you have a choice. Please call today!

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