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Suicide Prevention


It is normal to have increased feelings of loneliness, sadness, fear, or anxiety. That’s especially true during the COVID-19 pandemic, which can bring about some new challenges in managing your recovery. Learn more about managing these challenges here.

Suicide is a national public health concern that affects all Americans. VA believes that everyone has a role to play in preventing suicide. That's why we are working with an extensive network of community partners across the country — including faith communities, employers, schools and health care organizations — to prevent suicide among all Veterans including those who may never come to VA for care.

Working Together to Implement VA's Suicide Prevention Strategy

Our approach involves partnering with communities to put into action tailored, local prevention plans while also using the latest, evidence based clinical strategies to care for Veterans at risk for suicide. Learn more about our action plan here.

We're focused on both what we can do now in the short term and over the long term to implement VA's National Strategy for Preventing Veteran Suicide. The strategy reflects VA's vision and offers guidance for action for preventing Veteran suicide based on the best available data and scientific evidence.

National Veteran Suicide Data and Reporting

The VA conducts the largest national analysis of Veteran suicide rates each year. Findings are made available to the public in an Annual Report.

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Contact the VA Suicide Prevention Program at if you are interested in learning more about requesting data access.

State-Level Veteran Suicide Data: 2017 Update

2017 state level suicide findings are now available as part of the 2019 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report release. The state data sheets are a critical tool to help VA and state-level partners design and execute the most effective suicide prevention strategies. View and download the state data sheets below.

View Individual State Data Sheets