Veteran Community Initiatives, Inc. is the Administrator for Cambria County Together With Veterans. Through this program, our organization leads efforts in coordinating communication and referral networks to assist Veterans and the broader community with behavioral health and suicide prevention support. In partnership with the National Together With Veterans movement, research, and community service agencies, we work to promote individual, family, and community connectedness.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "over 70 percent of people who engage in suicidal behavior never seek health services. As a result, prevalence figures based on health records substantially underestimate the societal burden" (2013).
Our role is to advocate, educate, and spread awareness of the tools in recognizing self-harming behaviors, and to equip our communities with the resources available to promote interconnectedness within our rural regions.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Infographic Source: World Health Organization https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/mental-health/suicide/infographics-suicide.pdf
Lock It Up: Promoting the Safe Storage of Firearms
Means Matter, Harvard Injury Control Research Center
Gatekeeper Level 1 Trainings Available through TWV, the VA, and other agencies:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2013, July 10). Promoting individual, family, and community connectedness to prevent suicidal behavior: strategic direction for the prevention of suicidal behavior. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.