Suicide Prevention

Dear Editor:

September is Suicide Prevention Month for Veterans. Not only are these our hometown heroes but they are more at risk for suicide. Department of Veterans Affairs is calling on individuals and communities across the country to show their support for Veterans in crisis and help raise awareness of the VA mental health services Veterans have earned.

The theme for the outreach campaign, “Stand by Them,” is part of a joint VA and Department of Defense (DoD) effort focused on Veteran and Servicemember support networks, especially their friends and family members, who may be the first to realize a Veteran or Servicemember is in crisis.

Throughout September the VA is partnering with other agencies to reach out to those who are in need.

The Veterans Service Officers are working the DoD and are urging communities to learn about suicide risk and to recognize the signs.

People are encouraged to call the Veterans Crisis Line (1-800-273-8255 and Press 1), chat online at or text to 838255.

Veterans and our Service members are selfless and gave themselves knowing that there are many risks involved with fighting for our freedom.

Let’s help our heroes and make a difference in their lives and let them reach out to the community for support.

Please contact your local Veterans Office for more ways that you can help out our hometown heroes.

Stacey Shaw

Martins Ferry

Intern Wheeling

Veterans Center