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'Be There' for Veterans

'Be There'

Reach out to the Veterans in your life, now and always. It doesn't take special training to show support. (U.S. Marine Corps photo)

By New York Harbor Healthcare System Public Affairs
Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Harbor recognizes Suicide Prevention Month, encourages supporters to ‘Be There’ for Veterans 

NEW YORK — Preventing Veteran suicide remains a top priority for VA New York Harbor Healthcare System as we recognize September as Suicide Prevention Month and highlight VA’s Be There campaign.

The campaign is a reminder that even small actions by Veterans, their friends, family, and community members can make a big difference to Veterans going through difficult times. There’s no special training needed to give a Veteran hope.

“There are simple ways anyone can show support for our nation’s Veterans, like learning about VA’s suicide prevention efforts and recognizing the signs that a Veteran may need help,” VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said in a recent news release. “Take a moment to listen with compassion and let Veterans know you’re there for them.”

VA New York Harbor has resources available for Veterans, whether they just need to talk to someone or are experiencing extreme distress. Someone is always available for a call or online chat at the Veterans Crisis Line, a confidential service staffed by caring, qualified VA responders. Veterans can also call scheduling at (877) 877-9267, or send a secure message to providers using My HealtheVet.

The mental health team here reaches out to Veterans regularly, encouraging them to do the same. Anthony Stamatouras, a peer support specialist with the mental health team, is one of many providers calling and messaging Veterans who are used to coming into Harbor’s campuses.

“We regularly offer self-help training, anger management techniques, advice on tackling anxiety … our goal is to reach all of the Veterans we treat and ensure they have the resources they need,” Stamatouras said. “Reach out to us, and let us reach out to you.”

Harbor wants to encourage everyone to act as a community, especially during challenging times. It doesn’t take much to Be There for a Veteran, and doing so can mean saving a life.

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