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Brindisi calling for VA mental health and suicide prevention resources

These coordinators, tasked with identifying at-risk veterans, say they're overworked.

Posted: Apr 24, 2019 9:54 PM

Twenty veterans die by suicide every day in this country. Congressman Anthony Brindisi is calling on the federal government to do something about it.

He's proposing legislation that would require the comptroller general to conduct assessments of "suicide prevention coordinators" at the VA.

These coordinators, tasked with identifying at-risk veterans, say they're overworked.

Brindisi wants the comptroller general to look at workload, responsibilities and vacancy rates of the coordinators.

“Suicide prevention coordinators are the face of the VA's efforts to combat veteran suicide. they identify at risk veterans an ensure they receive appropriate care, conduct outreach and promote awareness of suicide prevention practices within the VA,” said Brindisi.

The White House has a VA hotline to help veterans at 1-855-948-2311. This is a non-emergency, around the clock call center.

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