Category Archives: Suicide

Suicide rate among veterans up again slightly, despite focus on prevention efforts

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The rate of suicide among veterans ticked upwards in recent years despite increased public attention and funding on the problem, according to a new report released by Department of Veterans Affairs officials on Thursday. However, the latest data still lags two years behind present conditions and does not include any figures from the ongoing coronavirus […]

Suicide rate among veterans up again slightly, despite focus on prevention efforts

suicide-rate-among-veterans-up-again-slightly,-despite-focus-on-prevention-efforts

The rate of suicide among veterans ticked upwards in recent years despite increased public attention and funding on the problem, according to a new report released by Department of Veterans Affairs officials on Thursday. However, the latest data still lags two years behind present conditions and does not include any figures from the ongoing coronavirus […]

Plans for vets suicide prevention training, new three-digit emergency mental health crisis line signed into law

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President Donald Trump on Saturday signed into law a pair of bills designed to help prevent veterans suicide, including a measure to establish a new three-digit national crisis line similar to 911 for mental health emergencies. Both measures had received significant support from veterans groups in recent months, and passed through Congress without significant objection. […]

Veterans suicide prevention plans take a big step forward, but still face tough political hurdles

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Senate lawmakers advanced a major veterans suicide prevention initiative on Wednesday, creating a potential legislative path for the action on the issue by the end of the year. But the measure also could turn into yet another election-year partisan fight if party leaders can’t find quick compromises on lingering policy differences. The bill, the Commander […]

Will a new push to end veteran suicide have more success than past promises?

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Carol Rasor-Cordero vividly remembers struggling to explain the problem of veterans suicide to several friends after her son Joseph, a Marine veteran, took his own life in 2017. “At the funeral, I told them the number is 20 a day, and they told me they never knew the problem was that size,” she said. “That’s […]

Suicide risk for veterans could grow as coronavirus crisis winds down

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Veterans’ isolation and stress from the coronavirus pandemic could increase their chances of suicidal thoughts, but health experts are warning that the worst impacts to their mental health could come after the immediate crisis is over. That’s because of long-term problems with personal finances, lingering health issues and misplaced expectations of mental health issues disappearing […]

Seeking the Military Suicide Solution Podcast, Episode 10: Howard and Jean Somers — Suicide Prevention Advocacy

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This podcast from Military Times examines the alarming rate of military and veterans suicide, offering new insights based on research and effective clinical and peer support practices in suicide prevention. Hosted by Duane France, a retired Army combat veteran, author and mental health counselor, and Shauna Springer, a psychologist, author and nationally recognized expert on […]