Suicide Prevention Coordinator - James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center - Altoona, PA
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James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center - Altoona, PA

 

Suicide Prevention Coordinator

Altoona VAMC's Suicide Prevention Coordinator work with VA staff, behavioral health professionals, and Veterans and their families to assist Veterans during times of crisis and ensure they receive the health care and support they need.  In addition to the Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Altoona VAMC's Behavioral Health Clinic offers a wide-variety of support services designed to address the unique issues Veterans face and to help them cope and recover from emotional or mental distress. 

To contact Altoona VAMC's Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Kate Miller, please call 814-943-8164. extension 7572

Veterans who may be contemplating suicide, or family members and friends who have observed any suicidal behavior, are urged to call the VA’s 24-hour Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255.  The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through this confidential toll-free hotline. For additional information, please visit the Veterans Crisis Line web page.

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 their local VA medical center.

Please contact: Stephanie Anderson (814-943-8164 x4584) for more information.


Contact Info

Location

  • James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center, Building 32

Contact Number(s)

  • 814-943-8164 Ext. 7572

Hours of Operation

  • 8:00 am to 4:30 pm