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Suicide Prevention

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Resources for Community Members

S.A.V.E. Gatekeeper Training is an online suicide prevention training video developed in collaboration with PsychArmor Institute that offers simple steps that anyone can take when talking with Veterans who are at risk for suicide.

Safe Firearm Storage in Your Community Toolkit was co-developed by VA, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), includes tips for safely storing firearms as well as best practices for sharing these guidelines in your community.

Safe Reporting on Suicide provides guidance on how to communicate about suicide in a safe and ethical manner, correct misconceptions, convey hope and encourage help-seeking behaviors among those at risk for suicide. Information was adapted from reportingonsuicide.org

Resources for Providers

Clinical Practice Guidelines. VA strongly advises the use of evidence based clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) when treating patients including the assessment and management of Veterans at risk for suicide.

Training and Education Opportunities. Learn how to implement recommended clinical guidelines and practices. Explore free trainings on The Columbia Protocol (C-SSRS) for suicide risk assessments, VA education to support community providers and learn about Military Competence from our partners at PsychArmor Institute.

Need additional help? Contact the VA's Suicide Risk Management Consult Service available to VA and community providers who work with Veterans to receive free, one-on-one consultation to enhance therapeutic practice. To get started, email SRMconsult@va.gov.

Clinician Tools

Means Safety Messaging pocket card provides a framework for clinicians on how to talk with Veteran patients about safe firearm and medication storage as well as options for safe storage.

Use the Community Provider Toolkit to support the behavioral health and wellness of Veterans receiving services outside the VA health care system.