White House Unveils Plan for Veterans Suicide Prevention!
The President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End the National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS) was the main focus, with Trump saying that the suicide rate among veterans is a “tremendous, tremendous, problem”.
White House officials walked through nine top priorities and ten recommendations for this suicide task force – a force that was initially part of an executive order in 2019. The main focus being a united front between government agencies and non-profit organizations, in an effort to curb the issue and reverse this horrific situation.
This PREVENTS task force is also striving to stop the use of firearms in suicides, as they noted that many Veterans feel as if once they report a potential mental health issue, their weapon will be seized.
Community Level Help Needed, says WH
The Trump administration spoke on a key fact, that the brunt of the work here will fall on the community level, not the federal level.
Officials noted that community partnerships will be the anchor, relaying PREVENTS recommendations.
“This is the first nationally focused effort on suicide,” one White House official said. “The executive order was written intentionally as an aspirational effort. We can prevent suicides. In order to get there, we have to do a lot of things.”
“We are looking at, over this next year, what is currently available at the government across agencies.”
As dedicated veterans disability attorneys, Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban believes strongly in outreach to veterans, who may be suffering from mental health issues. We also believe in making health resources available. But the commitment to meet this problem head on and find a solution is still lacking.
Veterans make up nearly 9% of the adult population of the United States but account for 18 percent of our nation’s suicides. In 2014 alone, 7,403 veterans took their own lives — an average of 20 per day. Of those 20, only six received VHA services, and 14 did not.
That means two-thirds of all veterans who commit suicide somehow find themselves outside the VA system.
Clearly, the VA needs to do more for the seriously disabled and those outside the VA system.
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