The panel discussion, “Suicide: A Public Health Issue Among Veterans” will be held on Thursday, June 1, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm in the James A. Gray Auditorium at the Old Salem Visitor’s Center, 900 Old Salem Road, Winston-Salem, NC. The event is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6:00 pm. (Refreshments will be provided)
Panelists for the June 1 event:
Bill Hayes, A Licensed Clinical Social Worker in mental health at the Veteran’s Administration in Salisbury. Mr. Hayes is also a veteran.
Harold Moore, A Peer Support Specialist and Support Group Facilitator at the Veteran’s Administration in Salisbury.
Jeremy and Heather Knapp, Jeremy Knapp is a Navy Veteran; Heather Knapp is a Registered Nurse at a local hospital.
Why are we having this event? On average, according to 2014 data, 20 veterans die by suicide each day. Two-thirds of veterans who die by suicide use firearms. The risk of death by suicide within veterans is significantly higher than the civilian population. Finally, there is continued evidence in the burden of suicide among middle-aged and older veterans.
The purpose of this panel discussion is to: raise awareness, heighten sensitivity as suicide has a devastating impact on families, friends and all of those who are “left behind.” More importantly, we want everyone – including our veterans – who have had or are having thoughts of suicide or those who are experiencing depression, anxiety or any mental health issue to know that there is help available in our community.
This event is sponsored/supported by a number of agencies:
The Mental Health Association in Forsyth County
NC Chapter- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
VA Outpatient Center in Kernersville
W. G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center NAMI-NW Piedmont
WFU Translational Science Institute- Education Committee
Cardinal Innovations Healthcare
Feel free to forward this information to your friends, colleague, and anyone interested in attending this free event.
For more information, contact Andy Hagler, Executive Director, Mental Health Association in Forsyth County, at 336-768-3880.