Discuss Ways to Improve Wellness During Suicide Prevention Month
Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) Secretary George Owings announced the facilitation of a behavioral health round table event which brought together federal, state, county, and community organizations to raise awareness during September’s Suicide Prevention Month. Suicide is a public health issue which affects all Marylanders.
To combat this reality, the MDVA, the Veterans Affairs Commission of Anne Arundel County, and Mt. Olive Community Life Center in Annapolis hosted the first in a series of round table discussions on prevention and improving wellness in the military community.
“Our administration is committed to raising awareness of behavioral health issues and ensuring that our veterans and all Marylanders can get the help they need,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “For Maryland veterans and their families, as well as for current military members, providing the necessary resources and access to care is critical to suicide prevention efforts.”
The discussion took place at Mt. Olive Community Life Center on Hicks Avenue in Annapolis. Participants included the Anne Arundel County Police and Fire Departments as well as members of the Veterans Affairs Commission and Constituent Services. The Maryland Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs were in attendance as well.
“Recent reports indicate a reduction in the number of deaths by suicide in the veteran community, but one is still too many,” said Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs Sec. Owings. “Thank you to Anne Arundel County, Mt. Olive Community Life Center, and our Federal Partners for your collaboration with our Department and to increasing awareness during this important month.”
“The Veterans Affairs Commission of Anne Arundel County is pleased to partner with the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs in raising awareness of the help that is available for preventing suicide and achieving life recovery,” said David Hogen, Veterans Affairs Commission of Anne Arundel County Chair. “The Veterans Affairs Commission provides advocacy and leadership that create opportunities for veterans and their families, and serves as a forum for all Anne Arundel County veterans of military service.”
The Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs is a State Government Executive Department with a service mission to assist veterans, active duty service members, their families and dependents, in securing benefits earned through military service. Under the Department of Veterans Affairs are five major programs: the Veterans Cemetery and Memorial Program; Charlotte Hall Veterans Home; the Veterans Service and Benefits Program, Outreach and Advocacy Program, and the Maryland Veterans Trust. For more information, visit veterans.maryland.gov