Confidential Recovery and the San Diego Veterans Coalition Collaborate on Suicide Prevention Training | New

Confidential Recovery, an outpatient drug rehab for veterans of San Diegohosted the VA Suicide Prevention Team to educate and empower those who know and work with veterans.

SAN DIEGO, June 22, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Twenty-two serving and former military personnel commit suicide every day. On June 2Confidential Recovery, an outpatient addiction treatment program in San Diegopartnered with the San Diego Veterans Coalition (SDVOC) to host an educational seminar on how to help prevent suicide.

The event took place “in person” and also streamed virtually via ZOOM, and was both educational and inspiring. Keely Wright from the Veterans Administration Suicide Prevention Team shared many slides and explanations about the warning signs of suicidal behavior. She explained not only what are the “risk factors” (like having a gun or a previous suicide attempt), but also what are the “protective” factors that reduce the likelihood of a suicide attempt (like employment and access to mental health care).

Then, in an effort to save “at risk” lives, Keely gave several tips on how to approach a suicidal person, what to ask, how to respond and how to refer them for help. She also introduced several practical tools, like gun locks and pill boxes, which are designed to delay a rash decision and give the veteran some time to rethink an impulsive decision.

Being proactive when someone is “at risk” of suicide

One of the key messages of the presentation was the recommendation to approach someone who might be in distress, especially if they have one or more “risk factors”. It can be daunting, but the veteran (or civilian) in your life deserves you to take this step, and it could save their life. There’s nothing wrong with simply asking, “Are you thinking about killing yourself?”

Confidential Recovery Operations Manager Jay Wylie, himself a recovering veteran, echoes the need to approach veterans about suicidal ideation. “It’s a conversation that needs to happen because, frankly, the vet in question probably wants to talk about it. Being able to share your struggles with someone who cares can be a huge relief,” says Jay.

Of course, the principles of training apply to everyone, not just veterans, although the suicide rate among veterans is much higher than among civilians. Additionally, isolation and other challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic have contributed to increased suicide rates among veterans and civilians.

To learn more about how to prevent a veteran’s suicide and find many resources to help you, visit the Veterans Administration Suicide Prevention website.

Learn more about confidential recovery:

Scott H. Silvermanauthor of The Opioid Epidemic, created Confidential Recovery in 2014 to provide men and women with San Diego, California a private, highly clinical outpatient treatment program for substance use disorders. Learn more at:

Learn more about the San Diego Veterans Coalition:

San Diego nonprofit was established in 2009 and serves the needs of San Diego veterans and their families by hosting events and connecting organizations so we can provide veterans and their families with a full range of services and other opportunities. Learn more at:

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