“A bipartisan group of senators recently introduced the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention bill, an attempt to improve the Department of Veterans’ Affairs suicide-prevention efforts,” reported USA Today. “The bill would require VA and the Pentagon to submit to an independent review of all of their suicide-prevention programs.” The bill coincided with special hearings on veterans and suicide held this week by the US Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.
VAntagePoint has published links to several recent suicide data reports from Veterans’ Affairs.
The US Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs has released some of the testimonies on its website.
In Op-Ed News, Martha Rosenberg discusses the VAs tendency, exemplified in a recent JAMA Psychiatry study, to avoid even suggesting psychiatric drugs may be playing a role.
At-risk veterans need help on suicide, senators say (USA Today, November 19, 2014)
Mental Health and Suicide Among Veterans (Testimonies, The United States Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, November 19, 2014)
January 2014 VA Suicide Data Update (VAntagePoint, January 10, 2014)
Suicides Not Caused By Suicide-Linked Drugs Say Pharma Consultants to the Military (Op-Ed News, November 14, 2014)