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Suicide Prevention

VA's Top Doctor Nominee Lists Mental Health as Leading Priority

Dr. David Shulkin. Andy Kropa/AP

A physician executive nominated to take over as the Department of Veterans Affairs' top doctor told Congress on Tuesday that the current veteran suicide rate "is something that none of us can be satisfied with." Dr. David J. Shulkin listed mental health care of veterans as a top priority as he fielded questions from the Senate Veterans Affai... more

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy May Reduce Suicides

Military personnel who receive cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in the short-term may reduce their probability of attempting suicide, according to a recent research from the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (UTHSCSA). The study conducted at Fort Carson, Colo. focused on patients already at risk or who had attempted suicide... more

Military Children Are More Likely to Have History of Suicide Attempts

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California high school students who have a parent in the military are far more likely than those from civilian families to have recently attempted suicide, according to a new study. The findings are based on a survey of ninth and 11th graders at 261 schools across the state. The data were collected in 2012 and 2013. Of 2,409 students with a pa... more

Study Offers Hope in Preventing Soldier Suicides

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A groundbreaking Pentagon study of soldiers who were at high risk of killing themselves shows that intense behavior therapy substantially reduced suicide attempts, a development that experts called a dramatic breakthrough. The two-year study of 152 active-duty soldiers who either had attempted suicide or were found at high risk of it did better... more

Obama Signs Suicide Prevention Bill Named for Marine Veteran

Richard Selke and Susan Selke, left, the parents of Clay Hunt, smile at President Obama as he signs the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

President Obama signed the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act Thursday that will provide $22 million to help boost programs that look to reduce the veteran suicide rate that has climbed to 22 veterans each day. The suicide prevention legislation is named for a former Marine who died by suicide in 2011 after losing his ba... more

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