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Posted on: October 1, 2019

Inaugural Veterans Suicide Prevention & Awareness Day Event Planned at Veterans Park

MN Dept of Veterans Affairs


An inaugural Veterans Suicide Prevention & Awareness Day ceremony will take place on Saturday, October 5 at 3:00 p.m. with State and military dignitaries including Governor Walz, a Veteran who served for 24 years in the Army National Guard, and former member of Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs who served on both the Committee on Veterans Affairs and the Armed Services Committee. The event will be held at North St. Paul Veterans Park located at 2438 Margaret Street in North St. Paul. 

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention recently published the 2019 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report. This report notes:

  • 45,390 American adults died from suicide in 2017, including 6,139 U.S. Veterans.
  • The number of Veteran suicides exceeded 6,000 each year from 2008 to 2017.
  • Suicide prevention is a national priority and VA is dedicated to this mission, partnering with federal, state and community partners to address the issue of Veteran suicide.
  • Our nation is understandably grieving with each suicide, prompting our collective and tireless pursuit of evidence-based clinical interventions and expansion of community prevention strategies to reach each Veteran.
  • VA offers through this report a renewed and determined call to unrelentingly address suicide in our Veteran population and our society, as suicide has no single cause and the tragedy of suicide affects all Americans.
  • The VA has adopted the public health model for Suicide Prevention working within the communities where Veterans work, live, and thrive to provide connections to care to all Veterans before they reach a crisis point.

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