Veteran suicide prevention

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BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - Tracy Charette, Suicide Prevention Coordinator sat down with Joy Hollowell to discuss the ongoing efforts to help veterans in suicide prevention.

The goal of VA's suicide prevention efforts is not to get every Veteran enrolled in VA care, but rather to equip communities to help Veterans get the right care, whenever and wherever they need it.

This means using prevention approaches that cut across all sectors in which Veterans may interact, and collaborating with Veterans service organizations, state and local leaders, medical professionals, criminal justice officials, private employers and many other stakeholders.

Put simply, VA must ensure suicide prevention is a part of every aspect of Veterans' lives, not just their interactions with VA. VA Maine HCS plans to work strategically with community partners this year and think outside the box to reach more and save more lives.

Learn to recognize these warning signs:
- Anxiety, agitation, sleeplessness, or mood swings
- Feeling hopeless
- Rage or anger
- Increasing alcohol or drug misuse
- Withdrawing from family and friends

Call 1-800-273-8255 or text 838-255.
You can also visit their website at VeteransCrisisLine.net