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Education & Dissemination

Education & Dissemination

Education and training are key components of our Center’s public health approach to suicide prevention. From online trainings to in-person courses, our education team develops a variety of suicide prevention resources for Veterans and those who care for them.


Suicide Prevention Education and Training

Veteran Involvement in Education


Suicide Prevention Education & Training

VA S.A.V.E. Training

VA S.A.V.E. is a brief suicide prevention training that helps you act with care and compassion if you encounter a Veteran who is in crisis or having thoughts of suicide. It’s a free training that’s available online or in-person.
Access VA S.A.V.E. online→
Connect with a VA Suicide Prevention team to schedule an in-person training for your group or organization→

S.A.V.E. Training saves lives, group of diverse individuals

S.A.V.E. Training saves lives, group of diverse individuals

Start the Conversation: New Tools for Veteran Suicide Prevention

Start the Conversation is an online comprehensive toolkit COE-SP developed to address common issues that many Veterans face. The toolkit contains practical steps to help those who love and care about Veterans. Use the toolkit to create customizable suicide prevention content tailored to specific audiences and topics. Topics include how to:

  1. Talk to Veterans about their emotional health, distress or suicidal thoughts
  2. Identify factors that may increase a Veteran's risk for suicidal thoughts and behaviors
  3. Recognize warning signs indicating that a Veteran may be in crisis
  4. Create a personalized plan to help a Veteran manage crises and access resources

Lethal Means Safety:

An innovative new website, (WAV), launched as a resource for family members and loved ones of military Service members and Veterans in New York State. The website connects families with information and resources around firearm safety and suicide prevention. A culmination of dedicated efforts by the New York State Governor’s Challenge team over the past two years, the website takes a comprehensive approach to education around suicide prevention.


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Veteran Involvement in Education

Upstate New York Veterans Research and Engagement Board

In partnership with the VA Center for Integrated Healthcare, our COE-SP established the Upstate New York Veterans Research Engagement Board (VREB) to ensure VA suicide prevention efforts are informed by Veterans and their loved ones. VREB members meet monthly to shape the development of a range of COE-SP projects from clinical research studies to educational products.

Learn more about the VREB: Email Kristen Vescera, Associate Director of Education→

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Meet the Team

Meet the people behind the COE-SP's Education and Dissemination Offerings.
Visit the Meet the Team page→


Public Health Talks Event Series

April 25, 2024
Reducing Suicide Risk among Veterans Receiving Massed Trauma-focused Therapy for PTSD with Dr. Craig Bryan

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Looking for BHAP?

Learn about the Behavioral Health Autopsy Program.
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