September 2020
September is Suicide Prevention Month
September is Suicide Prevention Month, and we all have a role to play in suicide prevention and raising awareness. 

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of a death in the United States, claiming more than 40,000 lives nationwide annually. This ongoing problem continues to plague veterans who, unfortunately, die at about twice the rate of non-veterans by suicide.

Join all of us at the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Veterans Village of San Diego this month as we work do our part to help #PreventSuicide. (Source:
We can all do our part to help.
Preventing Suicide is a community effort, and increasing our awareness and understanding about suicide and the variety of aspects around prevention is a critical component to helping veterans and non-veterans who are struggling nationwide. Check out this program featured on CVN Presents on Suicide Prevention.
Reach out to the Veterans Crisis Line, to help someone going through a difficult time feel included and supported.
Learn more about how you can prevent suicide wherever you work, live, or learn through the Suicide Prevention Resources Center.
Honoring our committment
Reflecting on our grand opening
It seems like it was just yesterday that we were celebrating our grand opening with the San Diego community on September 5, 2019. The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Veterans Village of San Diego opened its doors as the first Cohen Clinic in California at Cohen Veterans Network. The event was supported by honorable attendees, including Congresswoman Susan Davis and CVN CEO Dr. Anthony Hassan.

Our clinic staff set out a year ago to provide much-needed, comprehensive mental health care services to the more than 225,000 veterans in San Diego County, as well as military families. And in the past 365 days we’ve continued to honor our commitment treating a variety of mental health challenges our clients face.

From all of us here at the Cohen Clinic at VVSD, we thank you for embracing us this past year, and we look forward to many more.

Client Testimonials
“This has been an amazing experience for me at the clinic. They are understanding and open to help, the way I have been treated since day number one really made me feel comfortable.” 

-Former Client
“I have family members and friends that love this place and have pointed me in this direction. It took me a while to get set up for sessions, but all I have experienced is patience and understanding from all staff. "

-Former Client
Stay Tuned for these virtual support groups
Case Manager Corner
Case Manager Ashley Tatum has provided the following resources for
veterans and military family members.

San Diego For Every Child
This resource can offer assistance with childcare, food and learning options for children.

San Diego County Office of Education
Healthcare first responders, law enforcement and military professionals may call 619-952-0242 to discuss needs with an advisor.

Food for Children
Schools across the county are providing meals for all children in need. Check the link below for locations and hours

Positive Parenting with Jewish Family Services
Free online parenting support. Call 858-637-3375 to obtain code for access
Find more info at

San Diego Food Banks
Locations and times can be found here

Diaper Distribution
Learn more by visiting

San Diego County
Free COVID-19 testing in San Diego County

Sesame Street
Sesame Street has put together videos and other materials to explain COVID-19 to children

Leap to Success
Online classes offered, including weekly stress management classes via Zoom. Contact Kelly Grimes at 760-889-4575 for more information.
The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic
at Veterans Village of San Diego

Phone: (619) 345-4611