VA S.A.V.E. Suicide Prevention Training (1.5 CEU)
Who: VA Puget Sound and U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs
When: 2nd Thursday of each month - 12:00pm-1:30pm (PST)
CEUs Available: 1.5
The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) S.A.V.E. suicide prevention training program is designed to help recognize the warning signs of suicide and provide support and resources to individuals at risk of suicide. The S.A.V.E. program aims to help V.A. employees and volunteers develop the skills and knowledge necessary to identify and respond to individuals at risk of suicide and to connect them with the resources and support they need to get the help they need. The program is an integral part of the V.A.'s overall efforts to reduce suicide among veterans and to ensure that all veterans have access to the support and resources they need to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.
VA S.A.V.E. Training will help you act with care and compassion if you encounter a veteran in crisis or experiencing suicidal thoughts. The acronym S.A.V.E. helps you remember the important steps involved in suicide prevention:
S - Signs of suicidal thinking should be recognized
A - Ask the most important question of all -- "Are you thinking of killing yourself?"
V - Validate the veteran's experience
E - Encourage treatment and Expedite getting help