Dr. Joseph Hunter of the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center conducts suicide prevention training for new Excelsior College academic advisors.
Sunday, September 8, marked the start of National Suicide Prevention Week, sponsored by the American Association of Suicidology. The awareness campaign runs through September 14, and surrounds World Suicide Prevention Day on Wednesday, September 10.
In the following podcast, recorded in February 2014, Dr. Joseph Hunter, suicide prevention coordinator for the Albany Stratton Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center, discusses suicide prevention training programs, including the VA’s Operation SAVE, and how they are being used to lower veteran suicide rates.
In addition, Judy Reed, director of veteran services and outreach at Excelsior College, talks about the importance of training academic advisors to identify risk factors and expedite help.
Listen to “Veteran Suicide Prevention Training”:
Part 1 – Interview with Dr. Hunter
1:25 How concerned is the VA with suicide rates among America’s veterans?
2:30 Operation SAVE, Veterans Crisis Line and other prevention programs.
3:58 Impact of campus-based VA prevention programs.
5:13 Biggest suicide risk factors and how to expedite help.
7:28 Where should veterans go for resources and help?
Part 2 – Interview with Judy Reed
9:12 Why did the Center for Military Education bring Dr. Hunter to campus to train advisors?
10:19 “School was more stressful than combat.”
11:48 Refresher courses.
12:25 Excelsior’s Veteran Center and resources pertaining to PTSD and other mental health issues.
Albany Stratton VA Medical Center
Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255
Lt. Col. Bryant A. Murray Veterans Center – Health and Wellness resources