September is national Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and the initiative holds the utmost importance in the veterans’ community. The Cohen Veterans Network is working to address this by offering a series of public webinars and messaging for all to combat the issue.
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, and veterans account for 18% of all suicide deaths, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.
“The Cohen Veterans Network was created to get ahead of this issue, and engage veterans earlier in the process before suicidal thoughts develop,” says Dr. Anthony Hassan, CEO & President of CVN. “We realize that there is a major educational component for the field of mental health as well as caregivers and family members of veterans. This series will deliver invaluable knowledge to those interested in the assessment and prevention of suicide risk.”
CVN will also provide Suicide Prevention Awareness messaging throughout the month on the CVN Blog from Vice President’s Crystal Shelton and Caitlin Thompson, as well as the webinar series presenters. In addition, the public can look for information via Facebook and Twitter and join the conversation using the hashtags #SuicidePreventionMonth, #SuicidePrevention, and #SuicideAwareness.
By Anthony Guido
CVN Vice President, Communications & Marketing