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New Strategy Outlines Five Priorities for Reducing Military and Veteran Suicide

Suicide among service members, veterans, and their families is a public health and national security crisis. The Biden-Harris Administration announced a series of priority goals and executive actions that will drive suicide prevention efforts moving forward. These goals are outlined in a new national strategy.

Reducing Military and Veteran Suicide: Advancing a Comprehensive, Cross-Sector, Evidence-Informed Public Health Strategy (PDF | 442 KB)

SAMSHA’s SMVF TA Center was proud to support the presentation, Crisis Intercept Mapping for SMVF: Applications and Updates, which took place at the American Association of Suicidology's 56th Annual Conference. This presentation highlighted the SMVF TA Center’s Crisis Intercept Mapping for Service Members, Veterans and their Families (SMVF) Suicide Prevention initiative.

For participants who attended the presentation they were able to gain updated information regarding Crisis Intercept Mapping (CIM) for SMVF Suicide Prevention, as well as examples of how state-wide coordination of the CIM process can enhance crisis response across a range of communities. Attendees were informed on recent findings from an analysis of CIM workshops provided to a wide range of communities over a 3-year period. Additionally, presenters described innovative ways to support and engage SMVF within community crisis care system and opportunities for future engagement.

The panel presentation included the following presenters:

  • Stacey Owens, MSW, LCSW-C, Military and Veterans Affairs Liaison/Public Health Analyst
  • Richard McKeon, Ph.D., MPH, M.A., B.S., Chief, Suicide Prevention Branch, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • Philip K Paty, MPA, Project Associate at SAMHSAs SMVF TA Center, Policy Research Associates, Inc.
  • Brandi Jancaitis, MPH, B.S., Statewide Program Director, Virginia Veteran and Family Support Services
  • Briana Maher, MPH, Senior Research Associate at NORC, University of Chicago

Access the Conference Agenda (PDF | 3.6 MB).

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Last Updated: 09/19/2023