- Statewide Advocacy for Veterans' Empowerment (SAVE)
The fundamental principle of the SAVE program is to advocate for veterans who are not able to obtain the benefits they have earned due to institutional or personal barriers. The program's primary mission is prevention of suicide and mental health distress by identifying issues facing veterans when they return from service and proactively providing them with access to benefits and services that may address these issues and they assist veterans in a positive transition back to civilian life. SAVE acts as a liaison between veterans and their families and the various agencies within federal and state government.
- Veterans Crisis Line
The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Suicide Prevention Program
The VA has developed a program on the national and local levels, placing a Suicide Prevention Coordinator (SPC) at every one of its 153 nationwide medical centers. These coordinators are responsible for the suicide prevention program at each center. This includes providing treatment, tracking, care coordination and case management to veterans, as well as consultation with and education for all VA staff about suicide risk, prevention, and treatment.
Suicide Prevention Coordinators located at Massachusetts' VA Medical Centers:
VA Boston System
Leslie Wright, Ph.D.
Julie McCarthy, LICSW
Brittney Stedman, Psy.D.
- Leeds (Northampton)