Suicide Prevention

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Veterans die by suicide at higher rates than the general public. You can help reduce Veteran suicide by learning to recognize and respond to signs of crisis. There are numerous trainings available locally. 

Learn more about Veteran suicide here: 2023 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report (  and read DAV's report "Journey to Mental Wellness"- that focuses on women Veteran suicide here: Find resources for women veterans suicide prevention ( 

Another important way to help reduce the risk of suicide in your community is practicing lethal means safety. This is the habit of securing things that can be harmful to someone struggling with their mental health. Examples of lethal means safety include disposing of expired or unnecessary medications, and securing medications and firearms. 

The VA Rochester Outpatient Clinic on Calkins Road and the Canandaigua VA hospital both have medication drop boxes. Need one closer to home? Find drop off locations here: Year-Round Drop-Off Locations - Search Utility ( 

Gun locks are available free of charge through VA. Contact Ashley Smith for more information at


The Department of Veterans Affairs offers free trainings throughout the region. 



To request a training in Wayne County, visit