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
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 911.
If 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: email@example.com
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.