ENGAGE: Save Our Veterans

Wednesday, February 22, 2023 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

Join us on Zoom!

 

Each year more than 6,000 veterans die by suicide in the United States at a rate 1.5 times that of the general public. The lethal means most commonly used is a firearm. There is no single cause of suicide and it is often the result of a complex interaction of risk and protective factors at the individual, interpersonal, community and societal levels.

 

ENGAGE, the synod's gun violence prevention work group, is committed to addressing and lessening suicide by firearm for veterans. Andrea Perry of the Minneapolis VA Suicide Prevention Team will lead a conversation on S.A.V.E. (Signs, Ask, Validate and Encourage/Expedite) and share some general knowledge and data about suicide in the U.S. and specifically in the veteran population. This conversation will equip you with:

  • tools to identify someone who is thinking of suicide and what you can do to keep them safe and get immediate help
  • specific warning signs, risk and protective factors and how to ask someone if they are thinking of suicide
  • crisis and other available resources for those who may be struggling

 

Let's work together to end veteran suicide; suicide prevention is everyone’s business!

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