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Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital


National Suicide Prevention Week Activities at Truman VA

Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255.

September 4-10 is National Suicide Prevention Week. This year's theme:"Changing the Legacy of Suicide."

Friday, September 2, 2011

Who:  Veterans and other interested persons

What:  National Suicide Prevention Week - The theme for this year's event is  "Changing the Legacy of Suicide."

When:  September 4-10

Where:  Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital
              800 Hospital Drive
              Columbia, Missouri  65201

Informational exhibits will be on display in the main lobby each day. Daily "brown bag" presentations are scheduled at 12:15 p.m. in room D205 (Behavioral Health classroom).     

Why:  Suicide is not only a national concern, it is a local one. In Missouri, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death. And it is estimated that Veterans are twice as likely as civilians to kill themselves. It’s because of the noted statistics that suicide experts will address this growing problem during National Suicide Prevention Week at Truman VA. Presenters and their topics include:

  • Tuesday, September 6 - Kathy Crews, RN, Suicide Prevention Coordinator – "Suicide Assessments"
  • Wednesday, September 7 - Randall Rogers, PhD, Clinical Psychologist – "Alcohol and Suicide"
  • Thursday, September 8 - Martha Brownlee-Duffeck, PhD, Clinical Psychologist – "TBI and Suicide"
  • Friday, September 9 - Cheryl Hemme, MD, Director, Behavioral Health – "Suicide Prevention."


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