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Help prevent Veteran suicide by sharing this PSA narrated by Tom Hanks (Photo) - 11/15/17

As an update to this release, here is a link to video and audio files that may be better suited for broadcast.

An average of 20 Veterans die by suicide each day. Did you know that only six of those 20 were recent users of VA health services?

We can all play a role in preventing suicide, but many people don't know what they can do to support the Veteran or Service member in their life who is going through a difficult time. A simple act of kindness can help someone feel less alone. Our actions can help save lives.

We hope you will raise awareness of suicide prevention within our community by running these PSAs frequently.

You can visit for additional information and resources about the #BeThere campaign.

Thank you!

VA continues to emphasize #BeThere as a way to spread the message that suicide is preventable and YOU can help stop suicide.

Through a partnership involving Veterans Affairs and Johnson & Johnson, actor Tom Hanks has voiced a Veteran suicide prevention public service announcement video. This PSA is available in both 30 and 70 second formats.

70 second version:
30 second version:

Please consider sharing/running these videos on your social media channels or via other communication tools over the next year.

Thank you.

Attached Media Files: #BeThere
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