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Fargo VA Health Care System

 

Suicide Prevention Program

Comprehensive risk assessment and safety planning are used as clinical tools to recognize and respond to the risk of suicide.  The Suicide Prevention Program provides an enhanced level of care for Veterans who have been identified as high risk for suicide. The program offers outreach and education to and with community partners.

Resources:

https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/

https://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/suicide_prevention/index.asp

 

Trainings Offered:

S.A.V.E Education (1-Hour)

This class focuses on how to identify the warning signs and risk factors of suicide, how to ask a person if they are suicidal, how to validate a Veterans thoughts/ feelings of suicide ideation and where to refer them for further professional help.

Lethal Means Safety Education (1-Hour)

This class focuses on educating on items/materials (e.g. medications, firearms, sharp objects) that can be used to engage in Suicidal Self-Directed Violence, including suicide attempts. Facilitating lethal means safety is an essential component of effective suicide prevention.

First Responder Training (from 2 up to 8 Hours)

This class’s goal is to improve first responders’ engagement with Veterans in crisis by learning about post deployment issues Veterans may experience upon returning from tour(s) of duty. Participants will learn warning signs of suicide and strategies for prevention, in addition to services provided by the VA.

Please contact the Suicide Prevention Education and Outreach Specialist, Nicole Veselka, BSN, RN to discuss or set up trainings. 701-239-3700 ext. 9-3370.

The Fargo VA Suicide Prevention Program Team; from right to left : Tammy Monsebroten, LICSW, Cathy Huff, AMSA, Nicole Veselka, RN, Sarah Kemp-Tabbut LCSW, Harold Lindsay, LICSW.

Contact Info

Location

  • Fargo VA Health Care System

Contact Number(s)

  • 701-239-3700 Ext. 9-3556

Hours of Operation

  • Monday - Friday
    8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.