Suicide Prevention Program - Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital
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Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital


Suicide Prevention Program

Since 2007, all VA Facilities have implemented a Suicide Prevention Program under the leadership of a Suicide Prevention Coordinator (SPC) at the local level. SPCs facilitate the implementation of suicide prevention strategies through education, monitoring and coordination of care. The program includes identifying and tracking patients assessed to be high-risk for suicide, conducting suicide prevention training for facility staff and community members and providing enhanced care and support to Veterans who are vulnerable for suicidal behavior. Veterans will be seen weekly to work on a treatment plan specifically addressing suicide prevention interventions. Our staff also provides close follow up for any high-risk Veteran with missed appointments. The Truman VA Suicide Prevention Team consists of:

  • Suicide Prevention Coordinator: Kathy Crews, RN: (573) 814-6279
  • Suicide Prevention Case Manager: Shannon Einspahr, LCSW : (573) 814-6643

The Suicide Prevention Team’s offices are located at Truman VA on the 2nd floor in the Behavioral Health Clinic (Green Team). The Team covers the hospital and Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs).

The Veterans Crisis Line is a 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis. If you need help, please dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255) [Veterans can then press "1" to reach the VA hotline]. You will be connected to a trained mental health professional. Our mission is to provide immediate assistance to anyone seeking mental health services. Call for yourself or someone you care about. Your call is free and confidential. Additionally, Veterans (and family members or friends) can access Veterans Chat through the Veterans Crisis Line website. Veterans Chat enables Veterans, their families and friends to go online where they can anonymously chat with a trained VA counselor. If the chats are determined to be a crisis, the counselor can take immediate steps to transfer the chatter to the Veterans Crisis Line where further counseling and referral services are provided and crisis intervention steps can be taken. For more information, visit the Veterans Crisis Line.