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Bay Pines to host public suicide awareness events on Sept. 10

September 4, 2015

BAY PINES, FL – This September, during Suicide Prevention Month, the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA)  Power of 1 Suicide Prevention outreach initiative emphasizes how just one act can encourage Veterans and Military Servicemembers to reach out for support when they are in need.  VA’s goal is to spread the word about available VA mental health and suicide prevention resources and encourage Veterans, Servicemembers and their families to use them.

To raise awareness of suicide and suicide prevention, the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System will host a Suicide Awareness Walk and Summit at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center on September 10.   The walk will take place at Lake Timucuan located on the east side of the medical center campus from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  The Suicide Awareness Summit and community education event will take place in the J.C. Cobb room located on the first floor of the main medical center building (building 100) from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Veterans, family members and friends, community providers and other stakeholders are encouraged and invited to attend either event.  For questions and more information, please call 727-398-6661 extension 14226.

Suicide Prevention Month efforts, coupled with community support and encouragement, are a great way to connect Veterans with the support they have earned and deserve,” said Patricia Frederick, Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Bay Pines VA Healthcare System.   We all have the power to take simple actions that could make a difference to a Veteran facing life challenges.”

Together, the VA Power of 1, community outreach and VA Suicide Prevention Coordinators can help encourage Veterans, Servicemembers, and their families to learn more about suicide risk, how to identify warning signs and know the steps to take in a time of crisis, including:

§  Contacting the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat or send a text to 838255 — even if they are not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care.

§  Through this service, providing confidential support from specially trained and experienced responders.

§  Encouraging Veterans, Servicemembers and anyone concerned about someone in crisis to call the Veterans Crisis Line.


Additional VA Suicide Prevention and mental health resources are available at:

·         Veterans Crisis Line website: VeteransCrisisLine.net

·         Suicide Prevention Month Toolkit: SpreadtheWord.VeteransCrisisLine.net/suicide-prevention-month-2015/

·         Veterans Crisis Line “1 Act” Public Service Announcement (PSA): http://youtu.be/342oQm0B7mc

·         Make the Connection: http://maketheconnection.net/

·         VA Mental Health Website: http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/

·         VA Suicide Prevention Website: http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/suicide_prevention/