The Northwest Pennsylvania (NW PA) Veteran Suicide Prevention Program operates on a three-pronged approach involving healthcare providers, community organizations, and Veterans and their families in the 15 counties of NW PA. Because of this focus, we want to further the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs’ distribution of PA VETConnect. We encourage everyone to review this information, share it within personal and professional networks, and get involved in stigma-reduction and suicide prevention efforts in their communities.
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Connect to PA VETConnect
PA VETConnect offers a pathway to serving Pennsylvania’s more than 700,000 Veterans. The objectives of PA VetConnect are simple: determine the needs of Veterans and their families, find resources that meet those needs, and connect Veterans with those resources. The PA DMVA has staff living and working in communities across the Commonwealth who are ready to provide assistance.
Through PA VETConnect, Veteran advocates have access to the Commonwealth’s information and referral database, compiled specifically to improve the lives of service members, Veterans, and their families. The free database is populated with valuable information and resources that will help County Directors of Veterans Affairs and other Veteran advocates facilitate delivery of the best possible services to Veterans, their families and their beneficiaries. Resource areas include benefits, employment, financial assistance, mental wellness and substance use, post-traumatic stress, and more.
If you need assistance, don’t hesitate to contact your County Veterans Affairs Office or another accredited Veteran Services Officer. They can help you understand and connect to the benefits, programs and services you have earned through your service to our nation.
Ready to become part of the solution and learn how to talk about suicide and mental health? Register now for our upcoming QPR Gatekeeper and CALM training sessions.
Looking to Get Involved?
Whether you identify as a healthcare provider, community organization, or Veteran, there are several opportunities through the NW PA Veteran Suicide Prevention Program and PERU to connect to resources, participate in educational training, and promote harm reduction strategies. We are actively recruiting healthcare and community partners to work with us in meeting our goals and objectives. To learn more, visit the program website at theresilientveteran.org.
Need Help? Know Someone Who Does? Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or use the online Lifeline Crisis Chat. Both are free and confidential. You’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor in your area.