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Posted on: September 20, 2017

[ARCHIVED] TODAY: Facebook LIve with VA, 2 pm: Suicide prevention

Are you unsure how to support a Veteran or service member going through a difficult time? Helping someone does not require a grand gesture. Small acts – calling a friend or grabbing coffee – can make a big impact.

On Sept. 20 at 2 p.m. EDT, join VA and AMVETS for a Facebook Live event featuring Joe Chenelly, executive director of AMVETS and Megan McCarthy, deputy director of suicide prevention for VA’s Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, for an honest discussion about the challenges that Veterans face.

“Going in and getting counseling from VA and realizing that you need the counseling and realizing that you can get help is the most important thing,” says Jeffrey, an Army Veteran.

During the live video, learn how you can recognize the warning signs of a crisis to support those who need you and find VA resources that can help. We can all play a role in suicide prevention.

This event is part of the #ExploreVA: From Service to Success online event series highlighting how Veterans and their families are using VA benefits. VA benefits help Veterans earn degrees, start careers, buy homes, stay healthy and more. For information on events, useful resources and to learn how to apply for VA benefits, visit

Go to #ExploreVA

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