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AMVETS Revamps Suicide Prevention Course

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 18, 2021) — Today American Veterans (AMVETS) launched an updated version of its highly effective ‘Suicide Prevention & Crisis Intervention Course for HEAL Ambassadors.’

The numerous updates to the training course include added suicide prevention scenarios, enhanced illustrations and graphics to better explain scenarios, animation, and overall reconstruction of cases evaluations and dialogue relatable to a younger base and to create a less rigorous experience.

“Continually updating this training course is vital to curbing suicide,” said Cherissa Jackson, Chief Medical Executive for AMVETS. “The factors behind suicide are ever-changing. Therefore, it’s essential that we routinely enhance our efforts to combat suicide so that we can deter people from this permanent solution to what are often temporary problems.”

Created in 2019, the AMVETS Suicide Prevention & Crisis Intervention Course is a scenario-based training curriculum that presents the user with educational content then tests retention and application of the material in several simulations involving persons whose circumstances present suicide risk factors and ways to identify the red flags and intervene when necessary.

“The online course was designed to provide family members, caregivers, and friends of veterans at risk of self-harm or suicide with new tools to intervene and save lives,” said AMVETS National Commander Jan Brown during the courses’ inception. “This one-of-a-kind training was developed by the AMVETS HEAL Team for the purpose of taking what they learn through casework to provide anyone with the ability and confidence to handle a crisis before it happens. Drastically reducing the incidence of veteran suicide is achievable, but it will require all hands.”

AMVETS, which is also known as American Veterans, is the most inclusive Congressionally-chartered veterans service organization open to representing the interests of 20 million veterans and their families. We are veterans serving veterans since 1944.

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Miles Migliara | National Communications Manager

media@amvets.org | (573) 528-4219

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