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VISN 2 Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention

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Welcome to the Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention

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The CoE Mission is to prevent morbidity and mortality from suicidal behaviors among all Veterans by using a public health approach.

There are currently three congressionally mandated "Centers of Excellence" in the nation: VISN 17 CoE in Waco, TX, speciallizing in the study of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); VISN 22 CoE in San Diego, CA, specializing in the study of stress-related mental health and the VISN 2 CoE in Canandaigua specialzing in the study of suicide prevention.

In pursuing its mission, the CoE is guided by four overarching goals that systematically drive Center activities. The goals parallel the steps undertaken in public health (gather data, develop models, test programs and implementation) and applied to inform data-driven, targeted suicide prevention strategies for Veterans.

CoE Goal Icon 1 Goal 1: Continually enhance a leading-edge suicide surveillance system of all Veterans. 

CoE Goal Icon 2 Goal 2: Identify target populations and settings for future interventions.

CoE Goal Icon 3 Goal 3: Shape the development of effective interventions across the suicide risk continuum.

CoE Goal Icon 4 Goal 4: Drive novel suicide prevention training programs and disseminate information related to prevention.

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Wilfred R. Pigeon, PhD
CoE Executive Director
VA Medical Center, Canandaigua, NY

Lisa B. Lochner
Director of Operations, CoE
VA Medical Center, Canandaigua, NY