Veteran Suicide Prevention

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Suicide is preventable. Collaboration is the key. The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs is a leader in providing benefits to the veterans of Wisconsin and has joined the fight to combat mental health issues among veterans. 
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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
1-800-273-8255 (Press 1)
Text to 838255
​​​Personalized Peer Support 24/7
vets4warriors.com​​
855-838-8255
Mental health resources by county
866-948-6483
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Veterans at Heightened Risk for Suicide:

  • ​2017 Key Data Points​
  • The rate of suicide was 2.2 higher among female veterans compared with non-veteran adult women.
  • The rate of suicide was 1.3 times higher among male veterans compared with non-veteran adult men.
  • Male veterans ages 18–34 experienced the highest rates of suicide.
  • Male veterans ages 55 and older experienced the highest count of suicide.
  • 69% of all veteran suicide deaths resulted from a firearm injury
 Question, Persuade, Refer Training:​​

  • ​QPR is intended to offer hope through positive action, this is not intended to be a form of counseling or treatment.
  • Modeled after CPR training which trains civilians to resuscitate a person in physical distress – QPR trains civilians to identify possible suicidal intentions, talk to the person, and get the person referred to professional help. To find out more about the QPR Institute, visit www.qprinstitute.com.
  • The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs offers free, local QPR training throughout the state. To find out more information contact Cal Stammer at 608-733-1791.