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Suicide

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.

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Citations

(5 of more than 356 SUICIDE focused publications)


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Publication Briefs

(5 of more than 60 SUICIDE focused publication briefs)

  • 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
  • Possible Impact of Measures to Curb COVID-19 Spread on Suicide Prevention Efforts
    Social distancing and other public health actions intended to curb the spread of COVID-19 have the potential for adverse outcomes on suicide risk. However, concerns about negative secondary outcomes of COVID-19 prevention efforts should not imply that that these public health actions should not be taken. Implementation should include a comprehensive approach that considers the public health priori...
    Date: April 10, 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, May 2012: PTSD, suicide

    ... many focused on PTSD care and on suicide prevention....Forum » May12 » FORUM, May 2012: PTSD, suicide Health Services Research & Development...Role of Primary Care in Addressing Suicide Risk Steven K. Dobscha M.D., Center

  • FORUM, May 2012: PTSD, suicide

    ... many focused on PTSD care and on suicide prevention....Forum » May12 » FORUM, May 2012: PTSD, suicide Health Services Research & Development...Research... Commentary PTSD Treatment and Suicide Prevention: Clinical Practice Guidelines

  • FORUM, May 2012: PTSD, suicide

    ... many focused on PTSD care and on suicide prevention....Forum » May12 » FORUM, May 2012: PTSD, suicide Health Services Research & Development...Research... Commentary PTSD Treatment and Suicide Prevention: Clinical Practice Guidelines

  • FORUM, May 2012: PTSD, suicide

    ... many focused on PTSD care and on suicide prevention....Forum » May12 » FORUM, May 2012: PTSD, suicide Health Services Research & Development...Table of Contents PTSD Treatment and Suicide Prevention: VA Research Contributions

  • FORUM, May 2012: PTSD, suicide

    ... many focused on PTSD care and on suicide prevention....Forum » May12 » FORUM, May 2012: PTSD, suicide Health Services Research & Development...2012 » Back to Table of Contents Suicidal Behavior among Veterans with TBI and

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Topic Spotlight

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Cyberseminars

The most recent "Suicide" seminars are displayed.

Date Title Presenter(s)
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  
11/9/2020 Encouraging the use of the Veterans Crisis Line among high-risk Veterans Ilgen, Mark  
10/7/2020 Brief Interventions to Prevent Suicide: An introduction Craig, Bryan  
9/21/2020 Pharmacogenetics Trial of Depression: A focus on suicidal thoughts Oslin, David  

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