According to the National Veteran's Suicide Prevention Annual report of 2019, veterans are 1.5 times more likely to attempt suicide than non-veteran adults. Mental health professionals are uniquely positioned to help advocate for these individuals.
Veteran suicide is a large concern, especially during this isolating pandemic period. Veteran suicide prevention is the top clinical priority of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, but what is being done about this issue?
Judith A. Feld, MD, MPH, MMM, stresses the need to advocate for accessible, high-quality, and proactive behavioral health care and outreach.
Dr Feld is National Medical Director at Ontrak.