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Virtual Conference - #BeThere for Service Members, Veterans & Families

Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Time: 9:30 AM- 12:30 PM (EST)  
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Virtual Conference - #BeThere for Service Members, Veterans & Families: Strengthening Our Communities
Building, developing and strengthening resources and partnerships in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island between the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and Community Stakeholders.
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Speakers and Workshops Include:
  • Suicide Prevention: Public Health and the Importance of Community Partnerships
Speaker: Dr. Matthew Miller, Ph.D., Director, Suicide Prevention, Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, VHA
  • Reflection & Commentary on Service to Veterans
Speakers: Richard Barbato, MSW, Management and Program Analyst, Office of Planning and Policy, Readjustment Counseling Service, VA Central Office and Ryan Pitts, Medal of Honor Recipient
  • S.A.V.E. Gatekeeper Training & Safe Messaging Practices:
Speaker: Becky Dreifuss, LICSW, Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital
  • Veteran Outreach Into the Community to Expand Social Support (VOICES): The Coffee Social Platform
Speaker: Dr. Jay A. Gorman, Ph.D., Psychologist, Veterans Mental Health and Addictions Program (VMHAP)
Suicide Prevention is Everyone’s Business
Veterans in crisis and their loved ones can call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online at, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.