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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.

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(5 of more than 405 SUICIDE focused publications)

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Publication Briefs

(5 of more than 69 SUICIDE focused publication briefs)

  • Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Healthcare Workers and First Responders
    This study examined the relationships between COVID-19 related occupational stressors, psychiatric symptoms, and occupational outcomes (likelihood of leaving current field and occupational functioning). Findings showed high levels of psychiatric symptoms and distress in healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Half of the healthcare workers in this study – and 59% of all nurses – indicated...
    Date: December 16, 2021
  • High Acute Inpatient Psychiatric Bed Occupancy Associated with Increased Rates of Suicide among Veterans
    This study examined the relationship between the incidence of suicide among Veterans and acute inpatient psychiatric bed availability using occupancy as a measure of hospital strain and access. Findings showed that high acute VA psychiatric bed occupancy (>95%), not beds per capita, was associated with a 10% higher incidence of death by suicide. Extrapolated over the 6-year study across 145 hospit...
    Date: August 16, 2021
  • Brief Training Increases Discussions between VA Providers and Veterans on Firearm Safety to Reduce Suicide
    This study evaluated the impact of a one-hour educational seminar for VA clinicians on lethal means safety, “A Public Health Approach to Talking About Firearms and Death by Suicide.” Findings showed that the webinar was effective in providing clinicians with the skills to talk with Veterans about firearm safety, and it continued to impact their practice four months after training. After the traini...
    Date: July 1, 2021
  • Veterans Receiving Buprenorphine for Opioid Use Disorder Have Lower Risk of Suicide/Overdose Mortality
    This study sought to determine the association between buprenorphine pharmacotherapy and suicide, overdose, and all-cause mortality among Veterans initiating buprenorphine within VA. Findings showed that Veterans who were not receiving buprenorphine pharmacotherapy on any given day had more than a four-fold increase in suicide/overdose death compared to those who received buprenorphine, even when ...
    Date: May 19, 2021
  • VA Workgroup Consensus Statement on Suicide among Homeless Veterans and What We Still Need to Learn
    This article serves as a consensus statement by the recently formed VA Suicide Prevention among Veterans Experiencing Homelessness Workgroup – and provides a brief overview of current initiatives to prevent suicide among homeless Veterans. This consensus statement also discusses methods of conducting research within this complex subset of the Veteran population, as well as future research endeavor...
    Date: April 1, 2021

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( 5 of more than 49 SUICIDE focused projects )

Project No.  Title  PI  Funding Start   
SDR 20-136 A Hybrid Effectiveness-Implementation Multisite Trial of a Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Group for Veterans at High-Risk for Suicide Attempt Decker , Suzanne 2021-11-01
SDR 21-150 Using Big Data and Machine Learning to Understand the Association Between Altitude and Suicide among Veterans Kimbrel, Nathan 2021-08-01
CDA 19-076 Development and Testing of a Veteran-Centered Lethal Means Safety Suicide Prevention Intervention Simonetti, Joseph 2021-07-01
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

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HSR&D Briefs, Reports, Newsletters

5 sample "Suicide" publications displayed.

  • Preventing Firearm-Inflicted Suicide among Female Veterans || In Progress

    Preventing Firearm-Inflicted Suicide among Female Veterans...In this issue: Preventing Suicide among Veterans >> Table of Contents March...2021 Preventing Firearm-Inflicted Suicide among Female Veterans Feature Article

  • Understanding Suicide Risks among LGBT Veterans in VA Care || In Progress

    ...» Table of Contents Understanding Suicide Risks among LGBT Veterans in VA Care...Care Feature Article The causes of suicidal behaviors may consist of a combination

  • Forum Spring 2018: Suicide Prevention

    In the United States, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death, and 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 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 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

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The most recent "Suicide" seminars are displayed.

Date Title Presenter(s)
2/28/2022 White Matter Integrity, Suicidal ideation, and Cognitive Dysfunction in Combat-Exposed Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Davey, Delaney  
2/24/2022 Making Suicide Prevention Research Data More Usable: Plans for the Suicide Prevention Trials Database Veazie, Stephanie  
Hamblen, Jessica  
Denneson, Lauren  
O'Neil, Maya  
12/1/2021 Risk and Protective Factors Across Socioecological Levels of Risk for Suicide: An Evidence Map Landsteiner, Adrienne  
Landsteiner, Adrienne  
11/3/2021 Spotlight on Access: Findings from the Veterans Access Research Consortium (VARC) Pilot Projects Possemato, Kyle  
DeBeer, Bryann  
Goldstein, Karen  
Augustine, Matthew  
9/13/2021 Insomnia and Suicide Prevention: Leveraging Technology to Mitigate Risk Nazem, Sarra  

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