September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. The Utah Department of Veterans & Military Affairs invites the military and veterans community to join the Salt Lake City VA Suicide Prevention Team at these events throughout the month.

Out of the Darkness Walk
Join the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to raise awareness and funds that fund new research, creates educational programs, advocate for public policy and supports survivors of suicide loss.

WHAT: Out of the Darkness Walk
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 14
10:30 a.m. to noon
WHERE: Liberty Park
600 East 900 South,
Salt Lake City, UT 84105

Saving Lives by Saying Thank You in Advance
The Salt Lake City VA Suicide Prevention Team invites you to join us for a conversation around suicide prevention. Hear from Tammy Joy Lane—an Iraq War veteran, suicide survivor, mother of three international speaker—as she shares her recovery story and shares her ideas for how we can save lives

WHAT: Saving Lives by Saying Thank You in Advance
WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 18
6 to 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Salt Lake City VA Campus
Building 9 Auditorium
500 Foothill Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84113

Hope Week
Enjoy donuts and coffee while meeting advisors and prospective members of the VA’s first Hope Squad, which teaches everyday veterans to know how to understand and support vets in crisis, so that they get the treatment and care they need.

WHAT: Hope Week
WHEN: Sept. 23-27
10 a.m. to noon daily
WHERE: Blue Clinic (Monday)
Women’s Clinic (Tuesday)
Building 16 lobby (Wednesday)
Main hospital lobby (Thursday)
Canteen (Friday)

Salt Lake City VA Campus
Building 9 Auditorium
500 Foothill Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84113

Additional events and conversations around Suicide Prevention Awareness Month to be announced.

Are you a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one?
Did you know that VA offers same day services in Primary Care and Mental Health at 172 VA Medical Centers across the country? Make the Connection Resource Locator
Talk with other Veterans who have walked in your shoes on RallyPoint.
Contact the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and press 1, Chat or Text 838255.

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