ICYMI: Twitter chat focuses on how you can #BeThere4Veterans


On Sept. 18, as part of our Suicide Prevention Month campaign, VA hosted a Twitter chat in partnership with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Team Rubicon, and Team RWB.

The chat focused on the importance of connecting Veterans with their communities and discussed ways to help prevent Veteran suicide this September and year round.

Here’s a summary of the discussion, which covered a wide range of topics and provided valuable resources from VA and our partners.

Click here to read the full #BeThere4Veterans chat on Twitter.

Image: Twitter Chat screen capture


The value of communities of support for Veterans:







































Activities that can help Veterans come together and find renewed purpose:

































Programs and events that help Veterans connect with networks of support:





























































Ways for Veterans’ families, friends, and communities to support Veterans:


















































































Ways to start a conversation with someone who may be going through a tough time:























































































































 Click here to read the full #BeThere4Veterans chat on Twitter.



Gary Hicks

is the Director of VA’s Office of Digital Media Engagement. He is a former managing editor of a daily newspaper and a Veteran of the U.S. Army. Gary’s wife is a senior master sergeant stationed at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.