Tom Hanks gives voice to VA's Be There for Veterans suicide prevention campaign.

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Tom Hanks encourages people to ‘Be There' and help prevent veteran suicide

July 15, 2019 - 11:12 am
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By Ben Krimmel

Even the smallest action can make the world of a difference. 

Actor Tom Hanks is joining the call to promote the "Be There for Veterans" public service announcement to raise awareness for the VA's #BeThere campaign to support veterans in need.

"Twenty veterans take their lives every day," Hanks says in the PSA. "Learn how to be there for a veteran at bethereforveterans.com. Honor the code! Be there! Leave no one behind."

The VA hopes their #BeThere campaign underscores how everyone can play a role in suicide prevention.

“This PSA underscores VA’s public health approach to preventing Veteran suicide, which encourages everyone to play a role in suicide prevention,” said Aaron Eagan, deputy director of operations and integration for suicide prevention in VA’s Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. “The ‘Be There’ campaign is focused on simple yet impactful ways we can all reach out to and engage Veterans.”

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While the VA acknowledges talking about mental health and suicide is a challenging subject to broach, the campaign stresses the how important it is to have an open conversation with friends and loved ones about it, especially those who may be going through a difficult period.

For more information on potential warning signs of suicide, click here.

If you or someone you know needs help, contact the Veteran Crisis Line 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255 (select option 1 for a VA staff member). Veterans, service members or their families also can text 838255 or go to veteranscrisisline.net.

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