September 24, 2015 --
suicide is not as uncommon as some may think, Dr. Matthew Geyer, director of
mental health services, Carl Vinson Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Dublin,
speak with people having suicidal ideations on a regular basis,” he said.
effort to bring awareness to this issue, September has been designated as
Suicide Prevention Month.
Power of 1,” a nationwide campaign, reinforces how a single act may encourage a
veteran to access confidential support and resources through the veterans
crisis line and the impact it may have on someone contemplating suicide.
it is one call, one text, one chat or taking one minute to speak with a veteran
in crisis, it can save a life, according to the website, www.veteranscrisisline.net.
website encourages individuals to be the reason a veteran reaches out for support
when he or she is having suicidal thoughts. Geyer confirmed those who receive
care are more successful in overcoming a crisis.
Department of Veterans Affairs officials want to share a simple message with veterans,
service members, their families and friends: free, confidential crisis support
from the veterans crisis line is available 24/7, 365 days a year for veterans
and service members.
For active-duty persons in crisis, call the Veteran's Affairs crisis hotline, 800-273-8255.