Training offered for clergy in suicide awareness, prevention

Source: MGN

JACKSON, Miss. (WTOK) - Mississippi Veterans Affairs is providing training sessions about suicide awareness and prevention for clergy around the state.

According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, over 20 veterans in the United States commit suicide each day.

Veterans Affairs is partnering with the Mississippi National Guard, Keesler Air Force Base and Naval Air Station Meridian to invite clergy to attend training on suicide awareness and prevention at two National Guard bases and two active duty bases in September.

The purpose of the training is to make local clergy aware of the stressors service members and veterans face, along with the resources provided by the VA to assist. It is being held in conjunction with September being identified as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month within the Department of Defense and VA.

The one-day training at each location will be held:
Sept. 3 at Camp McCain
Sept. 10 at Camp Shelby
Sept. 17 at NAS Meridian
Sept. 24 at Keesler Air Force Base

Sessions will be conducted by Veterans Affairs staff, VA Medical Center personnel, and active duty and National Guard chaplains on indicators of suicide, post-traumatic stress disorder, and anxiety exhibited by service members and veterans.

A limit of fifty participants are allotted at each location. Interested clergy may register on EventBrite (MSVA Suicide Awareness Training).

For any questions, contact Caroline Kennard at ckennard@msva.ms.gov or by calling 601-576-4853.