Suicide-prevention training set for May 9 in Kearny

The Hudson County Suicide Prevention Coalition, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the group NJSOSVETS, invite the public to special, free suicide-prevention training, designed with helping to prevent suicide among veterans.

The training takes place at 10 a.m., Monday, May 9, at the American Legion Post No. 99, at 314 Belgrove Drive, Kearny — and veterans, their families and those who work with veterans are especially encouraged to attend.

The program is designed to teach trainees how to act with “care and compassion if you encounter a veteran who is in crisis or experiencing suicidal thoughts. The acronym SAVE is utilized to help recall the steps involved in suicide prevention. Signs of suicidal thinking should be recognized. Ask the most important question — are you thinking of killing yourself? Validate the veteran’s experiences. Encourage treatment and expedite it.

Interested? Contact JoAnn Northgrave at (201) 369-5280, ext. 4258, or at


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