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Suicide Prevention: Strategy

September is Suicide Prevention Month. #BeThere for Veterans and Servicemembers.

Suicide Prevention

Strategy

The National Strategy for Preventing Veteran Suicide reflects VA’s vision for a coordinated national strategy to prevent suicide among all Veterans, maintaining VA’s focus on high-risk individuals in health care settings while promoting community engagement. The strategy offers guidance to VA’s employees and partners — including other federal agencies, state and local governments, health care systems, and community organizations — so that we, as a Nation, can prevent Veteran suicide.

National Strategy for Preventing Veteran Suicide [PDF]

VA’s Public Health Approach to Suicide Prevention

Suicide is a national public health issue that affects all Americans, and the health and well-being of our Nation’s Veterans is VA’s top priority. With strategies driven by data, VA is working to reduce suicide rates among all Veterans, whether or not they are enrolled in VA health care.

We know that only one-third of U.S. Veterans come to VA for health care. To accomplish our goal of preventing Veteran suicide, we must find innovative ways to serve Veterans who do not — and may never — seek care within our system. Therefore, our goal is not only to provide excellent service to Veterans who receive VA health care but also to equip communities to help Veterans get the care they need whenever and wherever they need it.