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Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center

 

Suicide Prevention Coordinator

Coatesville VAMC has a Suicide Prevention Coordinator to ensure Veterans receive needed counseling and services. (Calls to the Veterans Crisis Line are referred to local coordinators).

Contact our Suicide Prevention Coordinators at 610-384-7711, ext. 5074 or ext. 5759.

Free, Confidential Resources

The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource that Veterans, their families, and their friends can access every day at any time. Trained responders — some of them Veterans themselves — are ready to listen, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Since launching in 2007, the Veterans Crisis Line has answered more than 1.6 million calls and made more than 45,000 lifesaving rescues.

Identifying Signs of Crisis

VA urges groups and individuals nationwide to stay alert for signs of suicide risk. The first step in preventing suicide is understanding the warning signs; people may show signs of risk before considering harming themselves. Warning signs include:

  • Hopelessness, feeling as if there's no way out
  • Anxiety, agitation, sleeplessness, or mood swings
  • Feeling as if there's no reason to live
  • Rage or anger
  • Engaging in risky activities without thinking
  • Increasing alcohol or drug abuse
  • Withdrawing from family and friends

The presence of the following signs requires immediate attention:

  • Thinking about hurting or killing yourself
  • Looking for ways to kill yourself
  • Talking about death, dying or suicide
  • Self-destructive behavior (drug abuse, weapons, etc.)

If you notice these warning signs in a Veteran, tell him or her about the Veterans Crisis Line, or make the call yourself. Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat, or text to 838255 for free, confidential support, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Spread the Word

Visit VeteransCrisisLine.net to download free outreach materials, including flyers to print and distribute, digital ads to display on your website, and content to post on social networks or publish in newsletters. Learn how you and your community can work together to prevent suicide.

No one can do everything, but everyone can do something. We are all part of the solution, and it starts with one small act.

Visit VeteransCrisisLine.net to learn more.

VA offers a full time suicide prevention coordinator

One small act can make a difference. Show your support for Veterans and Service members in crisis and spread the word about the Power of 1. Go to the Veterans Crisis Line Website to download materials – including posters, editable flyers, web banners, and social media content – to share with your networks.

Gun Safety

For someone in crisis, a locked firearm can mean the difference between a tragic outcome and a life saved. Though many Veterans are well-versed in gun safety, all Veterans and their families should understand how to properly handle and store firearms in the home. Download this gun safety guide for some simple steps to keep you and your family safe. Veterans are also encouraged to check into their local community resources for firearm and hunting safety courses.

To protect Veterans and their family members, VA endorses Project ChildSafe, a program that provides cable gun locks for free at VA medical facilities across the country. Gun safety locks not only help protect the lives of Veterans, but also their family members.

Veterans can pick up a gun lock from our Social Work Department in Building 58, 2nd floor (610-384-7711, ext. 5172) or our VA Police Department in Building 1, Basement (610-384-7711, ext. 3852 or 4222).

Contact Info

Location

  • Building 3
    Urgent Care

Contact Number(s)

  • 610-384-7711 Ext. 5074
  • 610-384-7711 Ext. 5759

Hours of Operation

  • Monday thru Friday
    8:00am to 4:30pm