Mid-Atlantic & North East Community of Practice – November 19

Preventing Suicide Among Military and Veterans

Thursday, November 19, 2020
1 pm – 3 pm EST

The Mid-Atlantic & North East Regional Community of Practice presents the sixth Regional Community of Practice training event for our AmericaServes network users and providers in Rhode Island, New York City, Greater Pittsburgh, the National Capital Region, and larger South Hampton Roads communities.

This workshop is FREE of charge to you and your staff within your organization.

This will be a completely virtual training and we encourage you to join us to strengthen your ability to support the military and veterans in your community.

This forum is dedicated to training AmericaServes network users on suicide prevention strategies in the military and veteran population.

Click here to download keynote speaker and presenter bios

1:00 pm:
Provided by ServingTogether, a program of EveryMind

1:05 – 1:55 pm:

Kristofer Goldsmith, High Ground Veterans Advocacy

Overview: Kristofer’s keynote address will share his personal story of military service, PTSD, and his survival of suicide and the life of advocacy that he has engaged in as an essential component of his recovery as a way of inspiring participants to get engaged and to help them understand the importance of their own work with the military and veteran community.

1:55 – 2:55 pm:

Breakout Sessions:

Lethal Means

Presented By:

Megan Flaherty, Hampton VAMC


  • Create a general understanding of the scope of suicide within the United States.
  • Know how to start a conversation about lethal means safety.
  • Share a general understanding of options for ensuring safe storage of lethal means.

The Community Impact on Suicide Prevention

Moderated By:

Brandi Jancaitis, Virginia Department of Veterans Services


Dr. Sheronda Farrow, PhD, LCP, Hampton VAMC

Greg Reuss, MD Chapter of American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Adam Chu, Suicide Prevention Resource Center


  • Discuss the roles of community organizations in Suicide Prevention
  • Describe and present methods that assist in uniting community organizations
  • Describe the impact of community collaboration to prevent suicide

Information for attendees:

Community S.A.V.E. Flyer

VCL VVFS Quick Facts

Preventing Suicide: A Clinical Approach

Presented By:

Jim McDonough, Headstrong

Miguel Ocegueda, Headstrong


  • Describe the Headstrong Model of Care
  • Discuss current trends/issues in delivering mental health treatment to Military and Veterans
  • Discuss the future of integrated care and support for America’s Veterans
  • Q&A

2:55 – 3:00 pm
Closing Remarks
Provided by ServingTogether, a program of EveryMind


Registered AmericaServes Network Users in the Mid-Atlantic & North East Regions (ServingTogether in the National Capital Region, Mission United of South Hampton Roads, RI Serves, and PA Serves of Greater Pittsburgh, VetConnect NYC | NYC Veterans). Staff and team members within the organization are encouraged to join this event. Individuals working with or supporting military and veterans in the Mid-Atlantic & North Eastern Region are also invited to participate.


This workshop is provided free of charge, as part of the Mid-Atlantic & North East Regional Community of Practice Champion initiative.


This workshop will be offered virtually through a live webinar option.


Thursday, November 19, 2020

1 pm – 3 pm EST

Continuing Education: 2 Credit Hours

EveryMind will provide continuing education certificates to those in attendance for the entire seminar, after which attendees may collect their certificates.

  • EveryMind is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education learning activities and maintains full responsibility for this program.  This training qualifies for Category I continuing education units.
  • EveryMind has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP #5796. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. EveryMind is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.


Reservation required. Please RSVP to secure your attendance.

Register to Participate Virtually

We will offer this session virtually via Zoom.


Please contact Janay Tyler at jtyler@every-mind.org or by phone at 301-679-0882.


Presented by ServingTogether, a program of EveryMind as part of the Regional Community of Practice efforts for the AmericaServes Mid-Atlantic Region. This project was supported under a grant awarded by the Walmart Foundation.