The Veterans Health Administration is offering free online training to help community health care providers feel confident and comfortable talking with veterans at risk for suicide about secure storage of firearms and other lethal means, which can help save lives. 

“Approximately 71% of suicide attempts occur within 60 minutes of a suicidal thought,” VHA notes. “Creating time and space between thought and access to lethal means saves lives, positively impacting the trajectories of families and communities.”

The self-paced training is available in a one-hour format that offers free continuing education credits and a 20-minute format that doesn’t.
 

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