MilitaryTimes: This VA report touts ‘positive outcomes’ from its suicide prevention programs — but veteran suicide rates haven’t slowed

“A Department of Veterans Affairs analysis of its suicide prevention programs touted mostly “positive outcomes” of the efforts even though they didn’t translate into fewer veterans dying by their own hand.”

“Now, as the White House launches a new year-long effort to find solutions to the problem, outside advocates want to make sure that bureaucrats aren’t going to repeat the same mistakes in how they look for those answers…”

“VA officials also acknowledged the report’s shortcomings. In a letter to members of Congress, VA Secretary Robert Wilkie wrote that future reports will be “restructured to more directly look at the impact of our mental health and suicide prevention program on… death by suicide…” Read the full article here.

Source: This VA report touts ‘positive outcomes’ from its suicide prevention programs — but veteran suicide rates haven’t slowed – By Leo Shane, March 14, 2019. MilitaryTimes.

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