“Many Roles. One Mission”. That’s the theme of this year’s VA/DoD Suicide Prevention Conference, to be held on August 26-29 in Music City. Nearly 2,000 VA and DoD care teams, leaders, allies and experts from across the country will be sharing best practices, research findings and policy updates in the suicide prevention field. “The conference represents a knowledge exchange that will enhance the support we provide to service members and Veterans,” said Dr. Keita Franklin, Executive Director of Suicide Prevention in the VA’s Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. VA officials say the conference will enable attendees to:
- Better understand the elements of the public health approach to suicide prevention.
- Define their roles within the public health approach to suicide prevention.
- Identify opportunities to adopt and improve public health suicide prevention strategies, including prevention, intervention and postvention efforts designed for service members, Veterans and their communities.
- Develop a custom suicide prevention action plan that leverages local, state, national and international partnerships to optimize surveillance, outreach, intervention and training efforts.
- Summarize measurable outcomes associated with their suicide prevention action plan.
- Build cooperative opportunities within and between VA, DoD, and the community.