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2021 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report shows decrease in Veteran suicides

VA’s latest data from 2019 shows a decrease in suicide among Veterans from the year prior. The decrease, reflecting the lowest number of Veteran suicides since 2007, provides hope and motivation for continued prevention efforts.

By |September 8th, 2021|Health, Top Stories|2 Comments

Report links substance use and suicide among Veterans, offers support

While the public is aware of some key risk factors for suicide among Veterans, they are often unaware of the devastating relationship between substance use and suicide.

By |September 7th, 2021|Health, Inside Veterans Health|2 Comments

VA researchers use novel approach to gain insight into suicide risk factors

Graziano and his team found suicidal ideation to be strongly related to depression, with small connections to past suicide attempts and anger. Previous suicide attempts were strongly related to the history of childhood trauma and weakly related to illegal drug use and PTSD.

By |July 2nd, 2021|Research, Top Stories|Comments Off on VA researchers use novel approach to gain insight into suicide risk factors

Women Veterans’ care preferences key to preventing suicide

Women Veterans more than twice as likely to die by suicide compared to non-Veteran women. It’s more important than ever that providers talk with women Veterans and understand their unique suicide risks.

By |May 11th, 2021|Health, Mental Health, Women Veterans|1 Comment

VA hospital improvises with new device to prevent in-patient suicides

More than a year ago, a staff member spotted a vulnerable area on those doors that patients could use to try to hang themselves. The hospital responded by installing a device that would make it virtually impossible for someone to do so.

By |May 10th, 2021|Research|Comments Off on VA hospital improvises with new device to prevent in-patient suicides
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