Help vets in crisis
The VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System's highest priority is the health and well-being of veterans, especially veterans in emotional distress and considering suicide. One veteran suicide is too many.
But we can't do it alone. You don't have to be a medical professional to save the life of a veteran in crisis: You just need to care. Anyone — friends, family, neighbors, co-workers — can be there for a veteran who may be contemplating suicide.
Help us help veterans. If you know a veteran in distress, reach out. Talk to him or her. Help veterans connect with our suicide prevention coordinators, Frank Moore and Heather Walls, at 412-360-6515 or the Veterans Crisis Line at 800-273-8255 (press 1).
Take time to visit www.veteranscrisisline.net to learn the warning signs that a veteran may be in crisis. They served us. It's our turn to serve them.
Karin L. McGraw
The writer is director of the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System.