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Organization highlights suicide prevention for veterans

Posted: 4:02 PM, Sep 30, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-30 17:02:33-04

WACO, TX — For the September 30 edition of Central Texas Living Ann Harder spoke with Kattina Bryant, suicide prevention coordinator with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Central Texas Veterans Health Care System.

In observance of Suicide Prevention Month, Central Texas Health Care System is bringing awareness to its "#BeThere" campaign by encouraging community leaders, colleagues, and Veterans' families and friends to help prevent suicide by showing support for those who may be going through a difficult time. More than 45,000 Americans, including more than 6,000 Veterans, die by suicide every year. VA is using a community-driven approach to prevent suicide and finding innovative ways to deliver support and care to all 20 million U.S. Veterans whenever and wherever they need it.

Veterans who are in crisis or having thoughts of suicide, and those who know a Veteran in crisis, can call the Veterans Crisis Line for confidential support available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, text to 838255 or chat online at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat .