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Suicide Prevention

Suicide and suicidal ideation can have lasting, harmful effects that impact families and communities. While its causes are complex and determined by multiple factors, the goal of suicide prevention research is to understand and reduce factors that increase risk (i.e. risk factors) and increase factors that promote resilience (i.e. protective factors). VA conducts an array of research into suicide prevention that looks at everything from predictive modeling to substance use disorders to the policy impacts of Veterans’ choice of services.

Search results were generated based on the search term "Suicide". Results are updated weekly, as new data are available.

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Citations

(5 of more than 365 SUICIDE focused publications)



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Publication Briefs

(5 of more than 61 SUICIDE focused publication briefs)


  • Suicide Prevention for Women Veterans
    The articles in this supplement highlight the value of a wide range of data sources, from the macro-level surveillance data available through the DoD, VA, and the US National Violent Death Reporting System to the depth of qualitative data of individual experiences with suicide attempts. They also illustrate the complexities of studying gender and suicide, while generating a new understanding of im...
    Date: February 1, 2021
  • Significantly Higher Rates of Suicide among Sexual Minority Veterans Compared to Other Veterans and the General Public
    This study assessed suicide mortality among Veterans who had documentation of sexual minority sexual orientation status recorded in VA’s electronic health record (EHR). Findings showed that risk of death from suicide was more than four-fold higher for sexual minority Veterans compared to the general US population – and more than twice as high as what has been found among the general Veteran popula...
    Date: December 28, 2020
  • Use of VHA Homeless Programs Decreases Suicide
    This study assessed whether participation in VHA Homeless Programs is associated with reduced risk of all-cause and suicide mortality among Veterans with housing instability. Findings showed that the use of VHA Homeless Programs among Veterans reporting housing instability was significantly associated with reduced hazards of all-cause and suicide mortality. More than one-half of Veterans reporting...
    Date: November 18, 2020
  • Gender Differences in Thought Processes among Veterans who Attempted Suicide
    This study sought to better understand gender differences in the development of suicidal behaviors among U.S. Veterans to inform future research and gender-tailored prevention efforts. Findings revealed two gendered narratives of suicide attempts that incorporated the primary themes of self-concept, social power, relationships, coping, and stress. When discussing reasons for their suicide attempts...
    Date: September 1, 2020
  • Methods of Suicide Differ Between Stably and Unstably Housed Veterans
    This study examined whether Veterans’ methods of suicide varied by housing status. Findings showed that across the study period, 3% of Veterans in the study population were unstably housed. Among the 7,005 Veterans who died by suicide, 4% were unstably housed. After accounting for demographic and health factors, unstably housed Veterans had an 86% increased hazard of suicide from self-poisoning fr...
    Date: April 12, 2020

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Studies

( 5 of more than 44 SUICIDE focused projects )

Project No.  Title  PI  Funding Start   
PPO 19-446 Perspectives of Female Veterans, VHA Providers, and Family Members on Preventing Firearm-Inflicted Suicides among Female Veterans Monteith, Lindsey 2020-12-01
PPO 20-166 Increasing Help-Seeking Behavior Among Transitioning Veterans at Risk for Suicide with Online Gatekeeper Training: A Pilot Study of PsychArmor S.A.V.E. Teo, Alan 2020-10-01
IIR 17-200 Longitudinal Assessment of the Sleep-Suicide Link in Veterans Discharged from Inpatient Psychiatric Care McGeary, John 2020-08-01
C19 20-203 Impact of COVID-19 and Social Distancing on Mental Health and Suicide Risk in Veterans DeBeer, Bryann 2020-07-01
CDA 18-192 Veteran Engagement Implementation Strategies to Prevent Rural Veteran Suicide Woodward, Eva 2020-07-01

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HSR&D Briefs, Reports, Newsletters

5 sample "Suicide" publications displayed.


  • Forum Spring 2018: Suicide Prevention

    In the United States, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death, and rates...to be disproportionally affected by suicide....Spring 2018 Suicide Prevention » Back to Table of Contents Research Highlight...Highlight VA Suicide Prevention: From Risk Factors to At-Risk Veterans John F. McCarthy

  • Forum Spring 2018: Suicide Prevention

    In the United States, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death, and rates...to be disproportionally affected by suicide....Spring 2018 Suicide Prevention » Back to Table of Contents Research Highlight...Highlight Concerning Trends in Suicide Among Women Veterans Point to Need for More

  • Forum Spring 2018: Suicide Prevention

    In the United States, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death, and rates...to be disproportionally affected by suicide....Spring 2018 Suicide Prevention » Back to Table of Contents Commentary Preventing...Preventing Suicide among Veterans Will Require Clinicians and Researchers to Adopt

  • Forum Spring 2018: Suicide Prevention

    In the United States, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death, and rates...to be disproportionally affected by suicide....Spring 2018 Suicide Prevention » Back to Table of Contents Director's Letter...Letter Preventing Veteran suicide was the highest clinical priority of outgoing VA

  • Forum Spring 2018: Suicide Prevention

    In the United States, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death, and rates...to be disproportionally affected by suicide....Spring 2018 Suicide Prevention Compared to the general US population, Veterans...be disproportionately affected by suicide. For example, in 2014, Veterans comprised

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Cyberseminars

The most recent "Suicide" seminars are displayed.

Date Title Presenter(s)
5/25/2021 Population and Community-Based Interventions to Prevent Suicide Gleason, Theresa  
Denneson, Lauren  
Linskens, Eric  
4/7/2021 Rural Suicide Prevention: Reviewing the evidence and gaps Mohatt, Nate  
3/10/2021 Reducing Racial and Ethnic Algorithmic Bias and Ensuring that VA Algorithms are Fair Parikh, Ravi  
Navathe, Amol  
Tamang, Suzanne  
Korshak, Lauren  
2/3/2021 Trauma and Suicidal Self-Directed Violence among Women Veterans Monteith, Lindsey  
1/19/2021 A Systematic Review of Chronic Pain Prevalence and Interventions in Veterans and Servicemembers with a History of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Morasco, Benjamin  
O'Neil, Maya  
Carlson, Kathleen  

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