Rural American Legion post shares message with community

Brocton, NY

John W. Dill American Legion Post 434 in Brocton, N.Y., joined in at the Village of Brocton Fall Festival to spread the word about the American Legion incentive to “Be the One.”
The Be the One program was adopted by the Legion to help raise awareness about veteran suicides and spread the word that all of us can be the one to save a life. It encourages everyone to act when they believe someone is at risk of suicide.
Our goal is to destigmatize asking for mental health support, help provide peer-to-peer support and resources and educate everyone on how they can “Be the One to save a life.”
When asked why she chose a venue such as a community event, Commander Mattie McIntyre stated, “Because veterans are part of the community. The more people who become educated in suicide awareness, the better chance we have to save a life.” She went on to say, “Suicide affects all people in all age groups. We have seen the number of suicides rise in every corner: veterans, law enforcement and youth. Knowing the signs of suicidal ideation can save lives within our community”.
The National Suicide Crisis Line is open to everyone, and there is a professional at the other end of the line. And the help doesn’t end when the person hangs up the phone; there are follow-ups and referrals. For urgent help: Anyone experiencing a crisis can call 988 and press 1 for mental health assistance. Counselors are available 24/7. They may also text 838255 or visit the VA crisis line website at
McIntyre also stated that she is planning a complete event in early spring that will entail training for anyone in the community to better identify a person in crisis. She went on to say, “There will be resources and trainers from the VA Medical Center, various civilian organizations, veteran assistance groups and outreach programs. Jamestown Community College will present short-term and long-term workforce development programs and various adult learning programs.”
If any Chautauqua County resident, employer or organization wants to participate, please contact McIntyre at (716) 253-3064 for more information.
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