Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island
Suicide Prevention Services
Jeanne Smith, LICSW, Suicide Prevention Coordinator
Phone number: 401-273-7100
The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring VA responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online at www.veteranscrisisline.net, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The hotline is located in Canandaigua NY, and answered by Veterans or other staff trained in Veteran services. The call is 100% confidential but if you choose, a consult will be put in to us at the Providence VAMC (or your closest VAMC), which will be responded to within 24 business hours. Our local team is reached through our national support system day and night to provide needed support. A consult will automatically be placed if a rescue is needed.
Suicide prevention coordinators work with mental health care teams to monitor and support Veterans at high risk for suicide. A personal safety plan that helps the Veteran recognize signs that often precedes his/her suicidal ideas and lists strategies that help the Veteran manage those thoughts and feelings. The plan also identifies people that the Veteran can turn to for help. Safety plans are created with the mental health provider and the Veteran (including family members, if desired). This way, a plan is designed specifically for the Veteran and his/her problem areas. At the Providence VAMC you can reach the Suicide Prevention team during normal hospital hours by calling Jeanne Smith, LICSW at 401-273-7100.