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New Government Report: Suicide Prevention Among Veterans

Suicide Prevention Among Veterans
by Ramya Sundararaman, Sidath Viranga Panangala and Sarah A. Lister
Paperback, 13 pages, 2009, $10.00
ISBN: 1437939651

Numerous news stories have documented suicides among servicemembers and vets returning from Iraqi and Afghanistan. The VA has carried out a number of suicide prevention initiatives, including: establishing a national suicide prevention hotline for vets, conducting awareness events at VA medical centers, and screening and assessing vets for suicide risk.

Contents of this report: Intro.; Data Systems for Tracking Suicide; Suicide in the U.S. General Pop’n.: Incidence of Suicide; Risk and Protective Factors; Suicide Among Vets: Incidence of Suicide; Risk and Protective Factors; Effects of PTSD, TBI, and Depression on Suicide Risk; VA’s Suicide Prevention Efforts: Mental Health; Strategic Plan; Suicide Awareness; Screening; Suicide Prevention Hotline.

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September 28, 2010 at 10:01 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Progress in Preventing Military Suicides and Challenges in Detection and Care of the Invisible Wounds of War: Congressional Testimony (ISBN: 9781437935967)

Progress in Preventing Military Suicides and Challenges in Detection and Care of the Invisible Wounds of War: Congressional Testimony (ISBN: 9781437935967)
By Carl Levin
(Paperback, 39 pages, 2010, $20.00)

The suicide rate has climbed measurably across all sectors of the military over the past few years, McClatchy reports. Suicides overall increased by 26 percent from 2008 to 2009, while suicides among Marines have more than doubled since 2005. Top Army and Marine Corps officials in June 2010 proposed several solutions to erase the social stigma associated with mental health illnesses and to combat the less visible wounds of war.

This report’s contents: Hearing to receive testimony on the status of our efforts to prevent military suicides and the challenges in detection, treatment, and management of the so-called ‘‘invisible wounds of war,’’ which are considered to include traumatic brain injury, and concussive events, post-traumatic stress, and other combat-related psychological health concerns.

Witnesses: General Peter W. Chiarelli, USA, Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Army; Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, USN, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, U.S. Navy; General James F. Amos, USMC, Assistant Commandant, U.S. Marine Corps; General Carrol H. Chandler, USAF, Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force; Dr. Robert L. Jesse, Acting Principal Dep. Under Secretary for Health, Veteran’s Health Administration, Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

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