VA launches program to send caring letters to 90,000 Veterans
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today its Veterans Crisis Line (VCL) formally launched the Caring Letters Program, an evidence-based suicide prevention intervention that involves sending periodic messages with simple expressions of care and concern to Veterans who use VA health care and contact the VCL.
The DoD released the Annual Suicide Report 2019
The Department of Defense (DoD) Quarterly Suicide Report (QSR) summarizes suicide counts and annual rates for the Active Component, Reserves, and National Guard. The purpose of the QSR is to communicate DoD suicide data to stakeholders external to DoD on a routine and frequent basis.
Suicide mortality data in these reports are provided by the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System (AFMES) with inputs from the Service suicide prevention programs. Population data are collected from the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC).
Veteran Suicide Prevention
If you’re a Veteran in a mental health crisis and you’re thinking about hurting yourself—or you know a Veteran who’s considering this—get help right away. You’re not alone.
Resource Highlight: Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Veteran Suicide Prevention
To generate new knowledge about the causes and treatments of mental disorders, apply new findings to model clinical programs, and widely disseminate new findings through education to improve the quality of veterans’ lives and their daily functioning in their recovering from mental illness.
Governor’s and Mayor’s Challenges to Prevent Suicide Among Service Members, Veterans, and their Families
Veterans Crisis Line
Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are Veterans themselves.
You can also bring Know the Signs or QPR training to your organization. Register to take QPR online and on-demand here and request live trainings here.
What is a Mental health crisis?
Self-care tips for the caregiver:
What is self-care? Build an action plan.
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WHAT YOU SHOULD DO
Thank Your Members of Congress and Encourage More Action on Suicide Prevention!
On Monday, September 21, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act (S.2661). This legislation will support the implementation of the three-digit "9-8-8" dialing code for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline through funding guidance, federal reporting, and specialized services for at-risk communities like LGBTQ-youth and veterans.
After unanimous passage by the U.S. Senate in May and unanimous passage by the U.S. House this week, the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act will soon be signed into law!
Click here to thank your legislator: Public Policy Action Center - AFSP
In the News: "September 10 marks World Suicide Prevention Day, an opportunity to remember those affected by suicide, create awareness, remove stigma, and to focus efforts on directing treatment to those who need it most...
As the Olympic National Governing Body of skiing and snowboarding in the United States, U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s mission is to empower athletes to achieve excellence, including providing the resources and tools necessary to ensure mental well being. Through a partnership with The Speedy Foundation, U.S. Ski & Snowboard will provide mandatory QPR Institute training for all staff. QPR Training will also be free and highly encouraged for U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes, members, and board members." Read More Here
You can also bring QPR training to your organization. Register to take QPR online and on-demand here and connect with TTSPC's Suicide Prevention Coordinator to discuss working with your organization to become a hero for mental health.
Thank you for attending Mental Health in the Mountains, our 2020 Speakers Series. Below are resources and links to the recordings from each presentation.
Live Through This
Facilitated by Dese'Rae Stage, September 29, 2020
Community Resiliency Model Training
Facilitated by Laurie Strand, LCSW, September 21, 2020
Surviving and Thriving through Crisis: Workplace Resilience and Growth During Uncertainty and Toxic Stress
Facilitated by Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas, September 14, 2020
Important Dates This Month:
Town of Truckee, Town Council - Suicide Prevention & Recovery Month Proclamation on Sept. 8th, 2020
Download and use this background to promote suicide prevention this month.
In the News & TTSPC September Newsletters
Mental Health in the Mountains Speaker Series and Community Trainings - Register Here
July 16, 2022
Months ago, the FCC unanimously approved 988 as new three-digit suicide prevention hotline. Today, an announcement was made that the process to implement the number will take two years, as telecom and voice service companies will be mandated to have a 988 hotline by July 16, 2022.
Per FCC chairman Ajit Pai, the nation’s suicide rates are at its highest point since World War II. Suicide also disproportionately affects marginalized groups — namely Black Americans, Native Americans, Americans in rural areas, teens and young adults and LGBTQ people.
The current number to contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255), which received 2.2 million calls in 2018.
Request FREE Narcan
After attending this training you will be eligible to obtain a FREE Narcan (Naloxone) Nasal Kit. You must complete a 3 question quiz (linked below) and leave your contact information so we can make arrangements for kit pick-up.
The quiz will not be available on the Federal holiday July 3, 2020 due to Survey Monkey Maintenance.
For Questions about Narcan Nasal Kits please contact River Coyote - 530 546-1924 or FWDD@ttcf.net
Resources & Information
We are bringing Know the Signs trainings directly to your home or office via Zoom!
You can also set up a virtual training for your office, club, or organization.
Register and learn more about this training & register here: www.tahoelifeline.org/training