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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois
 

DuPage County Veterans Suicide Prevention Coalition

The mission of our coalition is to prevent Veteran suicide.  We will accomplish this through collaboration and increased communication between Hines VA Hospital, DuPage County Health Department and the Veterans Assistance Commission of DuPage County, along with other key stakeholders in the community.  One of our main goals is to provide suicide prevention education and Mental Health services to Veterans and their families.   

Hines VA facilitates SAVE training for any organization who would like to learn more about warning signs of suicide, and how to intervene if a Veteran is in crisis.  This training is free of charge and can be conducted at the requesting organization’s facility.  The Suicide Prevention Team at Hines VA also provides enhanced case management to Veterans who survive a suicide attempt to ensure mental health follow up.  They are also available to families of Veterans who die by suicide to provide support and additional resources. 

DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) is a member of the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Consortium which ensures offerings of countywide MHFA training.   MHFA training is an eight hour course that teaches participants how to help someone experiencing a mental health problem or crisis.  DCHD provides Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), which is a two day workshop designed to enhance participant’s skills for intervening in a suicidal crisis.  Additionally, DCHD provides Mobile Crisis Response services, and can respond to a mental health crisis within 90 minutes.

The Veterans Assistance Commission works closely with Hines VA Hospital and DuPage County Health Department to raise awareness regarding Veteran suicide. 

If you encounter a Veteran who is at imminent risk of suicide call 911If you know of a Veteran who is contemplating suicide, contact the Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 Press 1, or text to 838255.  VeteransCrisisLine.net provides a chat feature and resources.

Crisis Line services are also available through the DuPage County Health Department Crisis Line at, 630-627-1700.

Contact Information (non-emergency)

Hines                                                                    Health Department                                                   VAC

Anita Carmona Caravelli                                     Kathy Carey                                                               Steve Fixler

Phone: 202-708-4096                                     Phone: 630-221-3613                                               Phone: 630-407-5655

Email: Anita.CarmonaCaravelli@va.gov        Email: Kathleen.Carey@dupagehealth.org       Email: steven.fixler@dupageco.org

                                                                                                                                                            Website: www.dupageco.org/vac

     

    Upcoming Meetings:

         CANCELLED: April 16 - 9am -11am, Linda Kurzawa Community Center, 115 N. County Farm Rd., Wheaton, IL 60187

         July 16 - 9am -11am, DuPage County Building, Room 3500B, 421 N. County Farm Rd., Wheaton, IL 60187 or via Zoom

         October 15 - 9am -11am, Linda Kurzawa Community Center, 115 N. County Farm Rd., Wheaton, IL 60187

     

    For more information and if you'd like to join the coalition, contact Steve Fixler.