Despite all the shifts and barriers brought about by COVID-19, Vet to Vet Tennessee consistently provided support to the East Tennessee Region Veterans. Recently, VTVT’s Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Master Instructor Ed Junod conducted the first in-person QPR Instructor training of 2021. QPR Institute through Brian Quinnett provided us with the first 2021 updates to the presentation slides. We trained six QPR Instructors that are now qualified to educate the East Region on signs and symptoms of suicide, different techniques to asking about suicide, and referring to local resources. VTVT generously donated five scholarships (valued at $500) to various organizations for trainings. We also provided a continental breakfast and catered lunch. Finally, we presented each graduate with an Instructor certificate, VTVT challenge coin, and “Worth It” t-shirt. VTVT in partnership with Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN) are focused on blanketing the East Region in suicide prevention trainings.Continue reading “QPR Gatekeeper Instructor Class of 2021!”
Vet to Vet Tennessee will be conducting their first in person QPR Gatekeeper Instructor class on June 11, 2021 at the new Robert “Bob” Hatley Veterans Service Center in Madisonville Tennessee. Vet to Vet Tennessee has provided 8 scholarships for the upcoming class. We do not have any other scholarships for this class, however, if you or your organization want to attend the cost of the class, certification and lunch is $495.00.
Becoming a certified trainer of QPR’s industry-leading approach to suicide prevention is an excellent way for individuals and organizations to help empower their communities to effectively intervene on behalf of suicidal and in-crisis people.Continue reading “QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Instructor In Person Class”
WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released a mobile app, March 18, that offers step-by-step guidance for those who are trying to support someone they care about and for those who are concerned about their own emotional wellbeing.
Developed by the PREVENTS Office, the How We R.E.A.C.H. Coaching Tool includes five actions to take when REACHing out to someone in need or when you are REACHing out for help for yourself. It provides additional resource information and suggested language to use when starting what are often very difficult conversations.Continue reading “VA suicide prevention tool puts lifesaving information in R.E.A.C.H”
The Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) Program at the Helen Ross McNabb Center works to assist individuals in the community who are homeless or in immediate danger of losing housing. The program specifically focuses on those homeless individuals that suffer from some type of mental health diagnosis, or report or exhibit possible symptoms of a mental health illness. This can include individuals who may suffer from Depression, an Anxiety disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or any number of other persistent mental health disorders. The primary end goals of the PATH Program are to identify and outreach to these individuals in the community, and to assist qualifying individuals with obtaining housing, as well as mainstream mental health services.Continue reading “Experiencing Homelessness? The PATH program may be able to help!”
Today Monroe County Mayor Mitch Ingram signed a proclamation naming the Monroe County Veterans Service Center in honor of Bob Hatley.
Governor promised to attend, but just like so many others, were unable due to the virus. However, Governor Lee sent County Mayor Mitch Ingram a video message. Here is the link to Governor Lee’s video message https://1drv.ms/v/s!ArYmL3AleWJygfJphKAYIRz3tCAMAQ?e=NdnMZS
Mayor Ingram was streaming live the celebration. Here is the link to the video:
Thank you to those of you who were able to attended today. The day was sad and exciting but one thing was for sure, we were all thankful we knew Bob. In the next few days we will publish a post on our website with more information about the dedication.
Veterans have a significantly higher suicide rate than other adults in the U.S. This means Veterans are also more likely to have known someone who took their own life. Uniting for Suicide Postvention (USPV) helps make sense of a suicide loss. The program connects survivors with resources to help them work through powerful and unique emotions specific to this type of grief.Continue reading “Postvention — VA offers support after suicide loss”
Planning is underway at VA to deliver a COVID-19 vaccine when one becomes available. VA is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop a phased plan based on five core ethical pillars: safety, maximizing the benefit of the vaccine, equity, fairness and transparency.
Veteran and employee safety remain our #1 priority. The plan takes into consideration a number of risk factors, including risks of acquiring infection, severe illness and death if infected, and transmitting the disease, as well as the risk to essential workers, including health care personnel. Continue reading
There’s no shortage of observances, parades, events, and workouts to join online! Here’s some of the largest Veterans Day events.
Veterans Day is November 11, 2020 but Veterans and their families are celebrated all month.
Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie released the following statement after President Trump signed the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act, into law.
“This legislation moves America closer to a goal that all citizens can support: increasing the local resources available to our men and women who answered the call to defend this Nation. This law will expand mental health care services at VA facilities and at the same time provide grants to make it easier for Veterans to access non-VA resources in their communities.
“Care in the community is a critical component of our effort to end Veteran suicide. About 60 percent of the Veterans who die by suicide aren’t getting care from VA, so it’s vital we do all we can to offer intervention and care to Veterans where they live. This bill takes a strong and meaningful step in that direction.” Read more