BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (LDVA) is hosting a statewide Suicide Prevention Summit on Friday, Sept. 14, at the Historic Hotel Bentley located in Alexandria, Louisiana.

The purpose of the summit is to increase attendee understanding of suicide, its prevalence, risk factors for Veteran populations, and assist them in acquiring tools for prevention, assessment, and intervention.

“The LDVA is proud to host this important summit,” says LDVA Secretary Joey Strickland. “We want the public to know that death by suicide is preventable and want to connect them with the myriad of resources available to them through our partners at the V.A. healthcare facilities across our state.”

The summit is being hosted in partnership with Overton Brooks VA Medical Center, Alexandria VA Healthcare Center, and the Southeast Louisiana VA Healthcare Center.

Each of those facilities will be providing two subject-matter experts that will speak on topics that will include, “Know the 14: How our national story about Veteran suicide is failing them, and what we can do about it,” “Cultural and Spiritual Considerations of Suicide,” “Building Resiliency,” and much more.

The LDVA wants to take some time to talk about suicide because accurate information can help with our prevention efforts. If you are a veteran, or know one who may be suicidal or needs help, call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1.

To register for the summit, please visit: LDVA Suicide Prevention Summit.