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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.

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 290 SUICIDE focused publications)

  • Adkisson K, Cunningham KC, Dedert EA, Dennis MF, Calhoun PS, Elbogen EB, Beckham JC, Kimbrel NA. Cannabis Use Disorder and Post-Deployment Suicide Attempts in Iraq/Afghanistan-Era Veterans. Archives of suicide research : official journal of the International Academy for Suicide Research. 2018 Nov 17; 1-10.
  • Sullivan DR, Forsberg CW, Golden SE, Ganzini L, Dobscha SK, Slatore CG. Incidence of Suicide and Association with Palliative Care among Patients with Advanced Lung Cancer. Annals of the American Thoracic Society. 2018 Nov 1; 15(11):1357-1359.
  • Ilgen M. Pain, Opioids, and Suicide Mortality in the United States. Annals of internal medicine. 2018 Oct 2; 169(7):498-499.
  • Souden M, Stelmack JE. VIReC Poster: Supporting Knowledge Exchange for the Learning Healthcare System: A Pilot Project in the Suicide Prevention Community of Practice. Washington, DC: VA Innovations Experience Meeting; 2018 Aug 29.
  • Hartmann CW. Rational Suicide in Older Adults: Not an Ageist Concept by Default. [Letter to the Editor]. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2018 Aug 10; 66(8):1648.

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Publication Briefs

(5 of more than 49 SUICIDE focused publication briefs)

  • Brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Reduces Suicidal Ideation among Veterans with Chronic Illness
    Brief cognitive behavioral therapy (bCBT) intervention delivered by VA mental health providers in primary care settings is effective for depression, anxiety, and improves physical health quality of life. Investigators in the current study determined the effect of bCBT on suicidal ideation among Veterans with cardiopulmonary chronic illness receiving mental health treatment in a VA primary care set...
    Date: February 8, 2019
  • Links Between Opioid Use and Suicide
    This review describes what is known about the links between suicide and overdoses, with a focus on pathways through opioid use, issues of intent, risk factors, prevention strategies, and unresolved issues. Many factors promote the initiation and persistence of opioid use, but several specific pathways toward vulnerability to overdose and suicide are highlighted. Interventions that address shared c...
    Date: January 3, 2019
  • Unique Link between Homelessness and Suicide
    Evidence suggests suicide rates are much higher among those who are homeless or have been homeless. This study sought to replicate these previous findings with a larger, national population cohort. After controlling for common risk factors, results suggest a unique link between homelessness and suicide. Veterans with a history of homelessness were 8.8 times more likely to have attempted suicide th...
    Date: January 2, 2019
  • Medical Records Flag for Suicide Risk Increases VA Healthcare Visits among Veterans with Substance Use Disorder
    VA has identified suicide prevention as a top priority and established policies to include high-risk suicide patient record flags (PRFs) in the electronic medical record to alert providers of patient risk and increase healthcare contacts. This study sought to identify predictors of new PRFs and to describe healthcare use before and after PRF initiation among VA patients who had received a substanc...
    Date: June 8, 2018
  • Evaluating Care Coordination Program for Pregnant Veterans
    The VA Maternity Care Coordinator Telephone Care Program (MCC-TCP) was created to support MCCs and includes outlines to guide up to eight calls with Veterans on topics such as VA maternity care benefits, chronic health problems, substance use cessation, and depression and suicide screening. Investigators evaluated the program and assessed its feasibility, as well as facilitators and barriers to it...
    Date: May 23, 2018

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Studies

( 5 of more than 27 SUICIDE focused projects )

Project No.  Title  PI  Funding Start   
IIR 16-055 Improving Sleep as a Strategy to Reduce Suicide Risk Among at-Risk Veterans: A Real World Clinical Trial Pigeon , Wilfred 2019-01-01
IIR 17-065 Rapid Referral to Suicide Specific Intervention in Psychiatric Emergency Care Depp , Colin 2018-10-01
PPO 17-276 Identifying Novel Opportunities for Suicide Prevention among Women Veterans using Reproductive Health Care Services Hoffmire , Claire 2018-10-01
IIR 17-131 Advancing Suicide Prevention for Female Veterans Denneson, Lauren 2018-05-01
SDR 16-195 Risk Stratified Enhancements to Clinical Care: Targeting Care for Patients Identified Through Predictive Modeling as Being at High Risk for Suicide, with the Office of Mental Health Operations Landes, Sara 2016-04-01

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HSR&D Briefs, Reports, Newsletters

5 sample "Suicide" publications displayed.

  • Forum Spring 2018: Suicide Prevention
    ...Modeling in the Fight Against Veteran Suicide VA Suicide Prevention: From Risk Factors to At-Risk Veterans Concerning Trends in Suicide Among...

  • Forum Spring 2018: Suicide Prevention
    ...Forum Spring 2018: Suicide Prevention Spring 2018 Suicide Prevention » Back to Table of Contents Innovation Update The Virtual Hope Box Smartphone...

  • Forum Spring 2018: Suicide Prevention
    ...may affect suicide-related outcomes (e.g., suicidal ideation, suicide attempt, suicide). To better understand whether killing in war contributes...

  • Forum Spring 2018: Suicide Prevention
    ...Forum Spring 2018: Suicide Prevention Spring 2018 Suicide Prevention » Back to Table of Contents Research Highlight Concerning Trends in Suicide...

  • Forum Spring 2018: Suicide Prevention
    ...Forum Spring 2018: Suicide Prevention Spring 2018 Suicide Prevention » Back to Table of Contents Research Highlight VA Suicide Prevention: From...

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Cyberseminars

The most recent "Suicide" seminars are displayed.

Date Title Presenter(s)
5/7/2019 The Connections between Opioid Use, Overdose, and Suicide Ilgen, Mark  
Bohnert, Amy  
3/11/2019 The Coping Long-Term with Active Suicide Program (CLASP) Across Vulnerable Transitions in Care: Treatment Description, Recent Data, and Future Directions Primack, Jennifer  
Weinstock, Lauren  
1/14/2019 ACT for Life: a Brief Intervention for Maximizing Recovery After Suicidal Crises Barnes, Sean  
11/19/2018 Opioid Tapering/Discontinuation: Implications for SDV and Managing High Risk Patients in the Context of Suicide Prevention Lovejoy, Travis  
Frank, Joseph  
Dobscha, Steven  
10/15/2018 REACH VET: Applying Predictive Analytics to Clinical Practice Eagan, Aaron  
Matarazzo, Bridget  

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