Suicide Prevention Coordinator - Wilmington VA Medical Center
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Wilmington VA Medical Center


Suicide Prevention Coordinator

Wilmington VAMC's Suicide Prevention Coordinator
Wilmington VAMC has a suicide prevention coordinator to make sure Veterans receive needed counseling and services. (Calls to the Veterans Crisis Line are referred to local coordinators).

Contact Wilmington VAMC's Suicide Prevention Coordinator
Kent Johnson 
(Can only address issues during normal business hours)


Free, Confidential Resources
The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource that Veterans, their families, and their friends can access every day at any time. Trained responders — some of them Veterans themselves — are ready to listen, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Since launching in 2007, the Veterans Crisis Line has answered more than 1.6 million calls and made more than 45,000 lifesaving rescues.

Gun Safety
For someone in crisis, a locked firearm can mean the difference between a tragic outcome and a life saved. Though many Veterans are well-versed in gun safety, all Veterans and their families should understand how to properly handle and store firearms in the home.  Download this gun safety guide for some simple steps to keep you and your family safe. Veterans are also encouraged to check into their local community resources for firearm and hunting safety courses.

To protect Veterans and their family members, VA endorses Project ChildSafe, a program that provides cable gun locks for free at VA medical facilities across the country. Gun safety locks not only help protect the lives of Veterans, but also their family members.

Gun locks are available free from the VA at the Wilmington VAMC and all of our CBOCs.  All Social Workers at the Wilmington VAMC have or can arrange for up to 4 gunlocks per Veteran or as resources allow.  Please ask to speak with a VA Social Worker, if you desire to obtain gun locks. 

Identifying Signs of Crisis
VA urges groups and individuals nationwide to stay alert for signs of suicide risk. The first step in preventing suicide is understanding the warning signs; people may show signs of risk before considering harming themselves. Warning signs include:

  • Hopelessness, feeling as if there's no way out
  • Anxiety, agitation, sleeplessness, or mood swings
  • Feeling as if there's no reason to live
  • Rage or anger
  • Engaging in risky activities without thinking
  • Increasing alcohol or drug abuse
  • Withdrawing from family and friends

The presence of the following signs requires immediate attention:

  • Thinking about hurting or killing yourself
  • Looking for ways to kill yourself
  • Talking about death, dying or suicide
  • Self-destructive behavior (drug abuse, weapons, etc.)

If you notice these warning signs in a Veteran, tell him or her about the Veterans Crisis Line, or make the call yourself. Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online at, or text to 838255 for free, confidential support, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

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Contact Info


  • Main Campus
    3rd Floor, Rm 3222

Contact Number(s)

  • 302-275-5676
  • 800-461-8262 Ext. 4805

Hours of Operation

  • Monday thru Friday
    8:00am to 4:30pm