Local human services agencies working to support veterans in crisis

Contact, Red Cross taking part in 22 push-up challenge

EAST SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Like the 2014 Ice Bucket challenge drew national awareness for ALS, Central New York groups are going to drop and give 22 push-ups to raise awareness of suicide prevention for veterans. 

On Sept. 28, Contact and the Red Cross will perform 22 push-ups at 12:22 p.m. 

The challenge takes its name from a 2012 Department of Veteran Affairs study that said an average of 22 veterans die by suicide each day. 

Contact is a non-profit agency that's focused on preventing suicide with free counseling and trainings. The American Red Cross' Service to the Armed Forces program supports veterans and current military personnel and their families with emergency communications, financial assistance, information and referral services, and more. 

Contact has a hot line specifically for veterans who need to talk or who are contemplating suicide.

The number for the Onondaga County hotline is 315-251-0600. The Cayuga County's number is 877-400-8740.

For more information on the 22 push-up movement, click here.

And to learn more about suicide prevention in Syracuse, click here

 


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