Governor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide Among SMVF – Michigan
Did you know there is a preferred method when screening for military connectedness? “Have you or a member of your household served in the military?” This is the most effective way to accurately capture military service in the population that you assist.
Using “have you served?” instead of “are you a veteran?” allows for those who may not consider themselves a veteran or are uncomfortable identifying as such to answer yes.
For those who identified as being military connected, did you know that the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) can connect them to their benefits and other assistance programs? All services are free and confidential.
It all starts by calling 1-800-MICH-VET (1-800-642-4838). Lean on the MVAA to link those who are military connected to their benefits, including:
- Health care and mental health resources
- Disability compensation
- Education assistance
- Employment, including connection to our Veteran-Friendly Employers
- Food programs
- Legal aid
- Emergency financial assistance
- Retrieval of DD-214s
Useful Resources and Websites:
2021 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report: www.mentalhealth.va.gov/mentalhealth/suicide_prevention/data.asp
VA Safe Firearm Storage Toolkit: Suicide Prevention is Everyone’s Business: A Toolkit for Safe Firearm Storage in Your Community (va.gov)
Veterans Crisis Line. If you are having thoughts of suicide, call 1-800-273-8255, then PRESS 1 or visit veteranscrisisline.net/. For emergency mental health care, you can also go directly to your local VA medical center 24/7 regardless of your discharge status or enrollment in other VA health care.
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