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Help is available, anonymously

Clinical Psychologist Dr. Yvette Branson, Suicide Prevention Coordinator

Clinical Psychologist Dr. Yvette Branson, Suicide Prevention Coordinator

Friday, September 7, 2012
Are you in distress?

Maybe you’re not sure if you’re in crisis?

“Then, take a self-check test online to learn whether stress and depression might be affecting you,” suggested Clinical Psychologist Dr. Yvette Branson, Suicide Prevention Counselor at VA New York Harbor Healthcare System.

Dr. Branson encourages Veterans to check this free, voluntary, confidential service. Using the service is completely confidential AND CAN BE FOUND AT THE WEB SITE FOR THE VETERANS CRISIS LINE ( Here's how it works:

First, you will fill out a brief Self-Check Quiz, which takes about 10 minutes.

Second, an experienced Counselor will review it and, within a few minutes, will leave a personal response for you on this secure web site. The Counselor's response will offer options for follow-up if it's felt that could be helpful.

Third, you decide what’s next. If you wish, you can chat online with a Counselor without identifying yourself. You may want to get a referral to see someone in person. Or, you can decide to do nothing further at this time. It's all up to you.

You can access the online Self-Check Quiz by clicking on the link below and please note that you will not be asked in the quiz to provide your name or any other information that identifies you.

Veterans Crisis Line

At any time while completing the Self-Check Quiz, you may speak with a Counselor via phone by dialing 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and pressing "1" for Veterans and Service Members. You can also exit the quiz and chat online with a Veterans Chat Counselor at any time. Links to the Veterans Chat are provided on the quiz web pages. Phone and Chat Counselors are available 24/7.

If you have any questions before taking the Self-Check Quiz, you can contact a Chat Counselor at (585) 394-2000 extension 39611 or extension 39615.

Dr. Branson suggests, “just in case of need,” Veterans and family and friends keep a VA card with the crisis line number at hand. Call Dr. Branson at 718-836-6600 x6807 (Brooklyn) or, 212-686-7500 7456 if you want one sent to you. “Thousands of Veterans have been using the service and most Veterans who call appreciate being able to make contact quickly with a sympathetic expert at the other end of the line,” said Dr. Branson.

“Sometimes Vets call and need a rescue. The crisis line sends out EMS in those cases,” explained Dr. Branson. “If a rescue is needed, Veterans should call 911 or the crisis line AT 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and press '1'."

Or, all Veterans are encouraged to come in person to pick up a Veterans Crisis Line card and to get more information about intervention and ongoing services for Veterans in distress during Suicide Awareness Week September 10-14.


Manhattan Campus: Monday, September 10 - Friday, September 14, Lobby: 9AM-1PM

Brooklyn Campus: Monday, September 10 - Wednesday, September 12 and Friday, September 14, IN LOBBY GROUND FLOOR 9AM-1PM; On Thursday, September 13 this information table will be set up at Ft. Hamilton.

St. Albans Campus: Monday, September 10 and Tuesday, 1st floor clinic area, near the elevators, September 11, 9AM-1PM



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