Suicide Awareness Campaign

The Chesterfield Suicide Awareness and Prevention Coalition brings together organizations in Central Virginia who are working to educate residents about mental illness, risk factors for suicide and support resources within our community.

By educating people of all ages, we are widening the safety net in our community so we can 

  • recognize the warning signs of suicide
  • take the appropriate steps to help the person in crisis
  • identify the appropriate help.
  1. Veteran Suicide Awareness
  2. Teen Suicide Awareness
  3. Resources 
  4. Coalition 

Vets ASK and ACT logo-01ACT to Prevent Suicide 

According to the Department of Veteran Affairs, 20 veterans a day commit suicide.  

Suicide is the second leading cause of death in veterans nationwide. In Virginia alone, 172 veterans died by suicide in 2015, accounting for nearly 17 percent of all suicides in Virginia that year. 

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and Chesterfield County and the Chesterfield Suicide Awareness and Prevention Coalition are raising awareness about the risk of suicide, focusing on veterans and their loved ones.

The coalition, through educational efforts, aims to connect veterans who are contemplating suicide with people who can recognize warning signs and get them help.

If a veteran says:

  • “I just want to go to sleep and not wake up.” 
  • “I feel like a burden to my friends and family.” 

If they:

  • Lose interest in hobbies, work or things they used to care about 
  • Give away prized possessions 

Ask the question: “Are you thinking suicide?”

Suicide is preventable, but you need to Ask, Act and Make the Connection.

Get Help Now 

  • Veteran Crisis Line - 1-800-273-8255
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Chesterfield Crisis Intervention - 804-748-6356
  • Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center - 804-675-5000

Videos 

The coalition and the Department of Communications and Media created public service announcements:

Issues

  • Veterans need help connecting with mental health resources. 
  • Veteran’s family members need to know how to help. 

Campaign Goal 

Generate public awareness about suicide among veterans and expose veterans and their loved ones to available resources.

Campaign Events 

Other Veteran Suicide Resources

Warning Signs

  • According to Make the Connection, a Veteran resource organization, there are several warning signs to look for if you are worried about a veteran friend or loved one.
  • The following warning signs require immediate attention:
  • Making a plan for how or when to commit suicide 
  • Frequently talking, writing, or drawing about death or about items that can cause physical harm 
  • Acting recklessly or engaging in risky activities without thinking about the consequences
  • Behaving violently, such as punching holes in walls, fighting, or engaging in acts of self-harm
  • Feeling rage or uncontrolled anger, or seeking revenge
  • Acting as though they have a “death wish”; tempting fate by taking risks that could lead to death, such as driving fast or running red lights
  • Giving away prized possessions 
  • Putting affairs in order, tying up loose ends, and/or making out a will

For more warning signs and resources, visit MakeTheConnection.net.

Campaign Print Materials