The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has released the President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS), an historic plan to raise awareness about mental health, connect Veterans and others at risk of suicide to federal and local resources and facilitate focused and coordinated research into suicide. Data continues to show 132 Americans, including 20 service members and Veterans die on average each day by suicide.
“Suicide prevention is VA’s highest clinical priority, and the department is taking significant steps to address the issue,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “But just as there is no single cause of suicide, no single organization can end Veteran suicide alone. That’s why PREVENTS aims to bring together stakeholders across all levels of government and in the private sector to work side by side to provide our Veterans with the mental health and suicide prevention services they need. By employing a public-health approach to suicide prevention, President Trump’s roadmap will equip communities to help Veterans get the right care, whenever and wherever they need it.”
More info about the National Suicide Prevention Activation Campaign: https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=5469