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Suicide prevention


September 20, 2017 Letters to the Editor

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VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System’s highest priority is the health and well-being of veterans, especially veterans in emotional distress and considering suicide.

One veteran suicide is too many. But we can’t do it alone. You don’t have to be a medical professional to save the life of a veteran in crisis: You just need to care. Anyone — friends, family, neighbors, co-workers — can be there for a veteran who may be contemplating suicide.

Help us help veterans. If you know a veteran in distress, reach out. Talk to him or her. Help them connect with our suicide prevention coordinators, Frank Moore and Heather Walls, at 412-360-6515 or the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255, Press 1. Take time to visit www.veteranscrisisline.net to learn the warning signs a veteran may be in crisis.

They served us. It’s our turn to serve them.

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