TSMRN Veteran Suicide Prevention Subcommittee
Develop actionable interventions for the Veterans in our community that helps connect Veterans again, improve transitions of care for Veterans, and provide lethal means safety and safety planning in an effort to increase protective factors in preventing suicide.
Firearm injuries were the second leading cause of injury-related deaths nationwide in 2015.
– CDC Report, 2017
A 2014 study showed that firearms could be found in roughly 31% of households nationwide.
– General Social Survey, 2014
Research shows there is a 70% lower risk of unintentional firearm-related injury and death among youths when guns are stored safely.
– Journal of the American Medical Association, 2015
Take these simple steps to keep your family safe:
• Make sure firearms cannot be accessed by children and unauthorized adults by keeping guns locked and unloaded when not in use.
• Store ammunition separately from firearms and out of reach of children and unauthorized adults.
• Regularly reassess steps to ensure safe storage and use of firearms, especially during periods of increased stress or emotional crisis.
• Request a gunlock from your local VA Suicide Prevention Coordinator. Find your local SPC at VeteransCrisisLine.net/ResourceLocator.
The Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline have joined with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to create the Veterans Self-Check Quiz. This is a safe, easy way to learn whether stress and depression might be affecting you.
Using this service is completely voluntary and confidential.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Explore the VA benefits that help veterans thrive. www.explore.va.gov
Center for Women Veterans
Women are one of the fastest-growing subgroups of veterans, and they are signing up for VA health care and benefits at higher rates than ever before. www.va.gov/womenvet
VA’s Self-Paced Online Training
The VA offers self-paced online trainings to veterans with topics such as “Moving Forward: Overcoming Life’s Challenges” and “Anger and Irritability Management Skills.
Caregiver Support Program and Phone Line
These programs are available both in and out of your home to help support veteran families.
Coaching Into Care
Coaching Into Care is a national telephone service at VA that aims to educate, support, and empower family members and friends who are seeking care or services for a veteran.
Make the Connection
This online resource is designed to connect veterans, their family members and friends, and other supporters with information, resources, and solutions to issues affecting their lives.
Indiana National Guard Crisis Intervention
The Indiana National Guard (INNG) Crisis Team operates two 24-hour crisis lines for INNG soldiers; www.in.ng.mil, Crisis Intervention Team: 317-247-3114, INNG Behavioral Health Access Line: 317-247-3155
Indiana Vet Centers
For those veterans who may not be eligible for mental health services through the VA, or for those who would prefer not to go to the VA for mental health services, the Vet Center provides a broad range of counseling, outreach, and referral services to combat veterans and their families. Vet Centers also guide veterans and their families through many of the major adjustments in lifestyle that often occur after a veteran returns from combat. For more information on Vet Centers, go to
• Indianapolis Vet Center – (317) 988-1600 or (877) 927-8387
• Gary Area Vet Center – (219) 736-5633 or (877) 927-8387
• Evansville Vet Center – (812) 473-5993 or (877) 927-8387
• Fort Wayne Vet Center – (260) 460-1456 or (877) 927-8387
• South Bend Vet Center – (574) 231-8480 or (877) 927-8387
Treatment begins with a confidential assessment by a qualified mental health professional. Please call 812-228-4240 to get help today.