The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has released the latest findings from the agency’s ongoing analysis of suicide rates across the United States. The latest data shows a total of 181 Veterans in North Carolina died by suicide in 2019. That is significantly lower than the national Veteran suicide rate and higher than the national general population suicide rate.

Read more: NC Veteran Suicide Data Sheet

An ongoing project of the North Carolina Governor’s Working Group on Veterans, Service Members and their Families is the North Carolina Governor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide. Leaders are focusing on three priority areas based on the VA National Suicide Prevention Strategy. They are: identify SMVF and screen for suicide risk, promote connectedness and improve care transitions and educate the public about limiting access to lethal means and improve safety planning.

Learn more about the challenge: