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Dept. of Veterans Affairs encourages community to #BeThere for veterans

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WASHINGTON (ABC4 Utah) – The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched a campaign called #BeThere. It’s meant to remind people you don’t have to be a mental health professional to save a life.

In the United States, 20 veterans a day take their own lives, so as we head into the holiday honoring them, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs is talking about the campaign to the help them.

”It’s #BeThere… Because we believe this has to be solved not only by the Department of Veterans Affairs, but by the community working together to find veterans who are in need and make sure they have access to services,” said David Shulkin, Veterans Affairs Secretary.

So, how can you help? It can be as simple as calling an old friend or checking in with a neighbor. They’re both strong preventative factors for suicide because they help people feel less alone.

There are other tools available for you to check on the website: https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/BeThere.

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