CHEYENNE – The Cheyenne Veterans Affairs Health Care System will hold a suicide awareness conference focusing on prevention, intervention and postvention Thursday, Sept. 12, at the First National Bank Building at the Ranch Events Complex in Loveland, Colorado.

The event, “Healing the Hidden Pain,” will begin at 8 a.m., and participants should park in Lot B at the facility, located at 5280 Arena Circle.

Suicide is a complex national public health issue that affects communities nationwide, with more than 45,000 Americans, including more than 6,000 veterans, dying by suicide every year, according to a news release. But suicide is preventable. The VA is using a community-driven approach to prevent suicide and finding ways to deliver support and care to all 20 million U.S. veterans whenever and wherever they need it.

According to Allison Bollegar, chaplain at the Cheyenne VA, “The goal is that individuals who attend this conference will leave with the knowledge and resources to help prevent suicide in their communities.”

“The Cheyenne VA Health Care System is working hard to end veteran suicide, but we know that only about a third of veterans come to VA for health care,” said Bollegar. “That’s why we need everyone in the community to get involved.”

Individuals interested in attending the conference should call Allison Bollegar at 307-778-7550, ext. 7227.

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