During a week that has been dominated by news reports of suicides, California Schools VEBA encourages our members to seek help, especially if they are struggling with mental health issues such as depression or thoughts of self-harm.
Recently, suicides have devastated communities already linked to mass tragedies at schools. Two people were young survivors of last year's massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The other one was the father of a child who was killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. It is well established that disturbing news reports can trigger strong emotions, and VEBA wants to help its public sector employee members, especially those working in schools and law enforcement, to be aware of their own mental health at this difficult time.
VEBA recognizes that mental health conditions impact many individuals in our community, as well as their families and loved ones. We provide support to VEBA members through access to individual and group counseling and customized programs that can put individuals on a path to healing and recovery.
Please don’t be afraid to reach out if you or someone you know needs help. Located in Mission Valley, the VEBA Resource Center is a caring and safe environment that supports VEBA members as they define their path to well-being. Everyone’s health care journey is unique, so we help our members find the resources that work for them.
To access mental health services, members can sign up for our app from the iTunes store or Google Play, call the VEBA Resource Center at 888-276-0250 or visit us at vebaresourcecenter.com/contact.
If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support right now, you should immediately call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or call 911.
Additional resources can be found here.