ICYMI: VA Instagram “taken over” for Suicide Prevention Month


September is Suicide Prevention Month and VA’s Suicide Prevention Program is reaching out to Veterans, Servicemembers, families and the larger Veteran community through a number of social media channels and events throughout the month.  On Wednesday, VA’s Instagram page was taken over by the suicide prevention program staff, with posts highlighting ways for you to #BeThere for the Veterans and Servicemembers in your life.

Here’s what VA’s Instagram followers saw throughout the day.

Be sure to join us for other events during September:

  • Join a Facebook Q&A with Dr. Caitlin Thompson, VA’s executive director for suicide prevention  on Friday, Sept. 9, at 3 p.m., Eastern time. You can find the event here.  
  • On Monday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m., VA and Got Your Six are hosting a Twitter chat.  Join the conversation using the hashtag #BeThere4Veterans and find out how you can play a role in preventing suicide.
  • This month we’re also partnering with American Women Veterans for a Facebook chat on suicide prevention for #WomenVets. Join us on Sept. 16 at 2 p.m. ET to learn about programs available through VA and to get your questions answered by VA experts. Sign up for event reminders at explore.va.gov/events.

You can also learn more at VeteransCrisisLine.net/BeThere and you can follow VA on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/deptvetaffairs/.


Megan Moloney

— Megan served at VA from May 2013 to July 2018. She is the daughter, granddaughter and spouse of Army and Navy Veterans who served in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.


  1. Dr. David Hatfield, SGM, US Army (Ret)    

    Somebody needs to get your headlines right. Prolly an elder person, like me. It’s “ICYMI” not “ICMYI” – if you know what it means, you can just take the first letters and build it out. If you don’t know what it means, you’re just typing it out from memory and it’s easy to get them jumbled up.

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