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Education & Dissemination

Education | VISN 2 Center of Excellence for Suicide PreventionProviding Awareness Using a
Public Health Approach

Through its education and training efforts, the Center of Excellence translates leading-edge suicide preventon findings into applied practice across a variety of Veteran-focused settings. The CoE's Education Division develops and disseminates educational resources that engage learners through a variety of modalities, including face-to-face education programs, innovative web-based trainings and webinars.

S.A.V.E. Training

Under the direction of Dr. Janet Kemp, the CoE's first Education Chief, CoE developed "Operation S.A.V.E.," a Veteran-centric suicide prevention gatekeeper training delivered by SPCs to front-line VHA staff across the nation. S.A.V.E. is now a mandatory training course for all VHA employees during New Employee Orientation. CoE team members collaborated with OMHSP leadership to translate S.A.V.E. to an online training course in collaboration with the PsychArmor Traning Institute. Through our collective efforts, the online S.A.V.E. (PsychArmor) training video now serves as an annual refresher for all VHA employees.

Upstate New York Veterans Research and Engagement Board

Founded in 2017 by the CoE, in collaboration with the Center for Integrated Healthcare (CIH), the Upstate New York Veterans Research and Engagement Board (VREB) promotes innovative, Veteran-centered research informed by stakeholder involvement and insight. Investigators present their research ideas and specific study-related questions to the board each month. Using an iterative process, VREB feedback is then incorporated into investigators' study methods and protocols. VREB stakeholders, most Veterans themselves, are committed to actively engaging in community-based efforts that maximize the collective impact of local services for Veterans. One of these key stakeholders is the Rochester Veterans Outreach Center, a community-based organization that hosts VREB's monthly meetings.

Start the Conversation: New Tools for Veteran Suicide Prevention

Start the Conversation is an online comprehensive toolkit CoE developed to address common issues that many Veterans face. The toolkit contains practical steps to help those who love and care about Veterans. Use the toolkit to create customizable suicide prevention content tailored to specific audiences and topics. Topics include how to:

  1. Talk to Veterans about their emotional health, distress or suicidal thoughts
  2. Identify factors that may increase a Veteran's risk for suicidal thoughts and behaviors
  3. Recognize warning signs indicating that a Veteran may be in crisis
  4. Create a personalized plan to help a Veteran manage crises and access resources


Upcoming Education Offerings
Category  Offering Type Date/Time Description
VITAL Webinar 02/17/21 at
2pm EST
 "Fostering a Military Friendly Environment on Campus"

This presentation will provide attendees methods to identify and discuss challenges student Veterans face, best practices and proven ways to be a Military Friendly campus, and components of a Value-Add Model of working with student Veterans.

Presented by: Lisa Chandler, LCSW, Acting Director and Assistant Director at the ALVS Office at Colorado State University; and Mark Elster, Director of Military Outreach at Georgia State University

Registration via TRAIN (external) | via TMS (VA employees only)
VITAL Webinar 03/17/21 at 2pm EST  "Peer Advisors for Veteran Education (PAVE): A Peer Support Program for Student Veterans"

This session will provide an overview of a peer support program, including PAVE, for student Veterans. Attendees will explore the different benefits student Veterans can receive from a peer support program, the positive impact programs have on campuses, and how these peer support programs have pivoted to meet the changing needs of student Veterans during the pandemic.

Presented by: Kali Lake, MSW, PAVE Program Manager, University of Michigan

Registration via TRAIN (coming soon) | via TMS (VA employees only)


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