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Addressing Suicide Prevention Across the United States

Addressing Suicide Prevention Across the United States

Monday, October 21, 2019 - 10:15am to 11:30am
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Hub 3: Health Innovation
Suicide Prevention Across the United States

An estimated 20 Veterans take their own life each and every day. Of these 20 Veterans, 14 are not under VA care. This is unacceptable. We can do better to help prevent suicide among those men and women who have given so much for their country and communities. However, suicide is hardly a ‘Veterans only’ problem. It is a national public health issue that affects communities everywhere as suicide rates have increased for all Americans. The recently signed executive order, titled National Initiative Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End Veterans Suicide, seeks to drive the Nation toward a more holistic, public approach to suicide prevention and engagement with Veterans’ local communities. This executive order is a national call to action for government and private sector to collaboratively partner with local communities to develop an integrated response to Veterans in need of assistance. We can save lives if we all work together.

Use Case: How might we change the culture surrounding mental health in general, and more specifically, engage our community partners across the continuum of Veterans' life experiences?


Carolyn Clancy, MD, MACP – Deputy Under Secretary for Health, Veterans Health Administration