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Suicide Prevention Month events planned at St. Cloud VA

In recognition of September as Suicide Prevention Month, the St. Cloud VA asks individuals to show their support for veterans in crisis and help raise awareness of the VA mental health services veterans have earned. In support of these objectives, several events are planned and the public is invited to attend and participate in the events.

Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m., Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training is being offered at the St. Cloud Public Library’s Mississippi Room. Gatekeeper training programs offer participants the knowledge to respond to someone in crisis and can save lives.


Saturday, Sept. 14, a 2K Walk/Run/Stroll & Roll is planned from 9 a.m. to noon, on the VA campus in St. Cloud. The event is open to veterans, families, and the public. The two kilometer course is an easy distance that allows most participants to complete it during a short period of time. Participants can complete the 2K anytime between 9 a.m. and noon. There is no pre-registration, and participants should check-in at Bldg. 92 (Reid Bldg.). Please park in the two visitor’s parking lots located south of the main entrance in Building 1. There is no cost for this event.

Friday, Sept. 20, from 2-3 p.m., dramatist Jennifer Tuder will present her story of survival in the VA Auditorium, located in Bldg. 8. This one-woman play powerfully describes Tuder’s experiences following the death of her father from suicide. This event is open to the public and there is no cost for the event.

For more information about these events please contact Mary Jo Pine at (320) 252-1670 ext. 6719.