Across central Minnesota and the Brainerd lakes area, the St. Cloud VA suicide prevention team is at work engaging individual Veterans and building networks of supporters in our communities. While every member of the St. Cloud VA team contributes to this effort by delivering a range of services to veterans who are at risk of suicide, including same-day urgent mental health services and other resources, we can’t do it alone.
We know that most veterans who die by suicide aren’t currently receiving VA care at the time of their death, and this is our challenge: How do we reach all Veterans when not all our veterans are using VA?
The answer is that we must energize the communities where these veterans live; to create connections and strengthen the bonds between those who are at risk, and the people and groups that can support them. In the VA Midwest Health Care