‘It can do a lot of people good’ says veteran about technology to cut down on suicides

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CAMP HILL, Cumberland County, Pa.-- According to the Department of Veteran Affairs about 22 veterans commit suicide a day. Wayne Inch served in Vietnam and had some rough points in his life.

Multiple times he attempted to take his own life.

"There was three bottle of pills, and I took them all," he said.

Then one day, he decided it was time to reach out for help.

"I was starting to have thoughts I was of suicide. It was starting to dwell on me," he said. "There was something wrong and I came."

Inch went to the VA in Lebanon and the clinic in Camp Hill.

"He was able to form a bond with me, regardless of whether I was physically present," VA Suicide Prevention Coordinator Andrea Comp said.

She would be in Lebanon and he could be in Camp Hill and they would see each other through a Clinical Video Telehealth. It's a program just like Skype or Facetime. It allows both people to see each other on video.

"We've been able to see quite a reduction in risk in a shorter period of time by offering people the opportunity to talk," Comp said. "We can actually ask questions based on mannerisms based on body language."

The CVT has been in use since September. Inch said he is glad he found help. He still visits as he continues to fight his problems.

"The thing of it is, it can do a lot of people good," Inch said.

Comp said they have spoken to other VA's across the country about their program.

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