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Prescott in Brief: Suicide prevention program at VA campus set for Jan. 24

Suicide prevention program at VA campus set for Jan. 24

An average of 20 veterans die by suicide each day, according to a recent report from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA is committed to preventing veteran suicide, by helping to reduce veterans’ risk for suicide before they reach a crisis point and by supporting those veterans who are in crisis. On Thursday, Jan. 24, NAVAHCS is hosting a suicide prevention awareness program at noon at the VA campus Theater, Bldg. 15, 500 AZ-89, Prescott. Videos which will be aired at this time on the new Access 65 VA Channel. If yo u cannot attend this event, the videos will be aired again at 4 p.m. At this time, we will also view the Wreaths Across America Event from Dec. 14, 2018.

Showing your support can be as simple as sending a Veteran a text message — inviting someone over to catch up or sharing a positive thought are both great ways to communicate that you care. Your words could be exactly what a Veteran in crisis needs to hear, and could be a reminder of the many people out there who are willing to listen. Learn more ways to show your support and Be There by visiting VeteransCrisisLine.net/BeThere to find more resources and information. You can learn more at the NAVAHCS website: www.prescott.va.gov or at the VA National Suicide Prevention website.

AARP smart driver class

An AARP ‘Smart Driver’ class will be offered on Monday, Jan. 28 at Alta Vista in Prescott. The course is a research based instructional class developed to help drivers 50 years and older to improve their skills and to be safer drivers longer. It covers age-related physical changes, rules of the road and local driving problems and traffic laws. Many insurance companies offer a discount for completion of this class. Seating is limited so please register by calling 928-772-6000.

Annual Northern Arizona Environmental Conference set for Jan. 26

The first annual Northern Arizona Environmental Conference will take place on Saturday, Jan. 26, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Prescott Adult Center, 1280 E. Rosser St. Prescott. Presenting on various environmental topics will be speakers from conservation and educational organizations including Save Our Ancient Redrocks; University of Arizona; Northern Arizona University; Center for Biological Diversity; Citizens Water Advocacy Group; Arizona State University; Sierra Club; Save the Dells; N. AZ Audubon Society; Arizona Solar Energy Industry Association; League of Conservation Voters; City of Flagstaff; Wilderness Society; League of Women Voters; N. Arizona Climate Change Alliance; and Friends of the Verde River.

Cost is $10 and includes lunch. For conference agenda and to register go to Saveouramcientredrocks.org.

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