Combating Veteran Suicide 2022

- 6/16/2022


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The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs is hosting a Suicide Prevention and Awareness forum on Wednesday, June 22 at the Monona Terrace from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and would like to invite you and/or your organization to attend.

The Combating Veteran Suicide forum focuses on providing community members, social workers, mental health providers, law enforcement, and veteran advocates with trainings and tools to help when a veteran is in need of assistance.  Panel discussions and breakouts have been designed to help attendees understand the needs of many of the unserved or at-risk populations within the veteran community.

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Our keynote speaker is Dr. Tim Juergens, Chief of Mental Health at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital (Madison VA), who oversees all suicide prevention and mental health operations.

Learning breakouts and sessions include:

  • The Story of a Trans Veteran presented by Darla Lannert, Vietnam combat veteran and transgender advocate, will tell her personal story about the military and everything that has come after.
  • Homeless data presentation from the Madison CoC and resources available in the Madison area.
  • Harm reduction and gun shop project presented by licensed clinical social workers and suicide prevention coordinators from the VA.
  • Open discussion with women veterans about how their lives in and out of the military have been different from the traditional narrative. 

Training breakouts include:

  • Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) training that saves lives and reduce suicidal behaviors by providing innovative, practical, and proven suicide prevention training.
  • Community de-escalation training. 

Please register by noon on Monday, June 20 at