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VA sets up suicide crisis hot line.

* To ensure veterans with mental health crises have immediate access to trained coordinators, the Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Affairs is a term of the business that deals with the relation between a government and its veteran communities, usually administered by the designated government agency.  has announced a 24-hour, national suicide prevention Suicide prevention is an umbrella term for the collective efforts of mental health practitioners and related professionals to reduce the incidence of suicide through proactive preventive measures.  hot line.

The hot line is based at the Canandaigua Canandaigua (kănəndā`gwə), city (1990 pop. 10,725), seat of Ontario co., W central N.Y., in the Finger Lakes region, at the northern end of Canandaigua Lake; settled 1789, inc. 1913.  VA medical center in New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of
 state. Staffed by mental health professionals, it operates seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

In addition to staffing the hot line, the suicide prevention coordinators take part in training clinicians and non-clinicians on warning signs for suicide, guide veterans into care and work within facilities to identify veterans at risk for suicide.

The Canandaigua facility is already a VA center of excellence focused on suicide prevention, mental health education and research.

With the nation's largest mental health program, the VA recently announced plans to provide suicide prevention coordinators at each of its 153 medical centers, joining together more than 9,000 mental health professionals.

In June the VA announced it will hire 100 new employees to provide readjustment re·ad·just  
tr.v. re·ad·just·ed, re·ad·just·ing, re·ad·justs
To adjust or arrange again.

 counseling at each of its 207 community-based Vet Centers.
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Date:Sep 1, 2007
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