10/10/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/10/2019 13:15
VA recognizes World Mental Health Day 2019
October 10, 2019, 03:04:00 PM
The global observance focuses on suicide prevention
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is joining organizations, communities, leaders and mental health professionals to observe World Mental Health Day Oct. 10.
This year's theme is 'mental health promotion and suicide prevention,' and VA is urging all Veterans, service members, family and friends to learn about the resources and support available for those experiencing signs or symptoms of a mental health condition and to help prevent suicide among Veterans.
'Suicide prevention is VA's top clinical priority,' said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. 'As I've noted previously, this requires an all-hands on deck comprehensive approach. Encouraging communities to engage and participate in awareness activities is a critical element in our public health strategy to reducing Veteran deaths by suicide.'
Every 40 seconds, someone dies by suicide somewhere around the world. VA and the World Federation of Health Mental Health (WFMH) want everyone to know that mental health treatment is effective, recovery is possible, and suicide is preventable.
Join VA and the WFMH in taking 40 seconds for action. Your actions may provide the encouragement a loved one needs to seek help or even help prevent a suicide attempt. Here are a few ways to participate:
If you are a Veteran in crisis or are concerned about one, the Veterans Crisis Line is here to help. Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, send a text message to 838255, or chat online.
Learn more about VA's mental health programs and resources.
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