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A Veteran's Guide to Discussing Secure Storage to Reduce Suicide Risk | South Central MIRECC

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About A Veteran's Guide to Discussing Secure Storage to Reduce Suicide Risk (STORES)

Veterans can be important in preventing suicide and saving fellow Veterans’ lives. These materials are for Veterans who want to help prevent Veteran suicide by discussing a plan for secure storage. This guide describes secure storage and its benefits and equips Veterans with skills to have a conversation about secure storage with other Veterans to reduce their risk of suicide. Includes:

  • STORES Guide - Provides secure storage examples and dialogues.
  • STORES Brochure – Introduces the concept of secure storage and tips for talking to other Veterans about secure storage.
  • Family Flyer – Discusses secure storage in context of suicide prevention for the entire family.
  • Children’s Flyer – Discusses secure storage in context of keeping children safe in the home.
  • Published 2023 | Updated 2024

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Jennifer L. Bryan, PhD, Steve G. Caloudas, PhD, Aeron-Justin Bali, BS, Cheryl, L. Cabusas, LCSW, and Ali Abbas Asghar-Ali, MD. The authors of the flyers are Elizabeth Kleeman, LCSW and Bindi Naik-Mathuria, MD.

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Please note that the health care information provided in these materials is for educational purposes only. It does not replace the role of a medical practitioner for advice on care and treatment. If you are looking for professional medical care, find your local VA healthcare center by using the VA Location Directory. This page may contain links that will take you outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs website. VA does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of the linked websites.

Last updated: April 17, 2024