Veteran Suicide: A Public Health Imperative educates readers on the critical issue of veteran suicide that has become a national imperative. Eighteen veterans kill themselves daily. An average of one active-duty GI commits suicide every 1.1 days. More GIs deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan will die from suicide than from combat.
These troubling facts are undeniable. Published with assistance from the Veterans Administration, this collection of papers offers peer reviewed research from the leading experts from public health, clinical, and scientific communities. Some of the topics include: * Surveillance of Suicide and Suicide Attempts Among Veterans * Suicide Prevention for Veterans and Active Duty Personnel * Preventing Suicide by Preventing Lethal Injury * Estimating the Risk of Suicide Among US Veterans: * Suicide Prevention Is a Winnable Battle * Facilitating Treatment Engagement During High-Risk Transition Periods The research represented by the collection of manuscripts included in this volume is an important step towards addressing the national problem of suicide and a reminder that even one death by suicide is too many.
Janet Kemp, RN, Ph.D. -- VA National Mental Health Program Director, Suicide Prevention and Community Engagement