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Suicide Prevention

A Look at Suicide Prevention

One in five people will experience at least one episode of major depression in their lifetime. If you know anyone showing extensive signs of depression with a possible risk of suicide, remember the acronym ACT — "Ask, Care, and Treat." ACT stands for: Ask someone if they are thinking of suicide; Care enough to listen, offer hope, and not be judg... more

Retired General and Wife on Mission to Prevent Suicide

When life gets difficult, suicide can seem like the only way out. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Steven White)

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. -- After losing one son to suicide and another to a roadside bomb in Iraq just eight months later, Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Mark Graham implored those gathered inside Central Connecticut State University's Torp Theatre last week (April 11) to help banish the stigma surrounding suicide and mental illness among veterans and military ser... more

VA Takes Steps to Reduce Vet Suicides

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced new steps it is taking to reduce veteran suicide. They include: (1) providing additional resources to manage and strengthen current programs and initiatives; (2) providing veterans with same-day evaluations and access by the end of calendar year 2016; (3) using measures of veteran-reported sy... more

Marine Corps Veteran Who Advocated for Benefits for his Comrades Dies

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Trevor M. Lane, a Marine Corps veteran who worked to help veterans gain benefits and services to which they were entitled, ended his life Feb. 19 at his Idlewylde home. He was 41. Mr. Lane, who had been injured while serving on Okinawa, suffered from post-traumatic stress syndrome, said his mother, Lori Quigley Lane, also of Idlewylde. "He was... more

Report: Calls to VA Suicide Hotline Went to Voicemail

In this July 24, 2014 file photo, Sloan Gibson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo, File)

WASHINGTON -- A suicide hotline operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs allowed crisis calls to go into voicemail, and callers did not always receive immediate assistance, according to a report by the agency's internal watchdog. The report by the VA's office of inspector general says calls to the suicide hotline have increased dramatical... more

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