Suicide prevention is VA’s top priority. The VA Caregiver Support Program (CSP) supports Veteran suicide prevention by offering VA S.A.V.E. training to its caregivers and family members.
VA S.A.V.E. fosters practical support for Veterans facing a crisis or experiencing suicidal thoughts. This comprehensive training educates caregivers and Veteran family members on recognizing the warning signs of suicidal thoughts. It guides them in engaging in compassionate conversations, identifying support needs and effectively connecting Veterans to mental health resources.
The VA S.A.V.E. acronym reflects the essential steps to remember in suicide prevention:
- Signs of suicide
- Asking about suicide
- Validating feelings
- Encouraging help and expediting treatment.