GovCIO: New VA Initiative Eyes Reducing Veteran Suicide

“The Department of Veterans Affairs is launching Mission Daybreak, an initiative providing funding and support for new suicide-prevention strategies.”

“Through the program, $20 million will be allocated to researchers, technologists and clinicians developing new programs for suicide prevention and other forms of mental health support.”

“VA has endeavored to merge its increasingly sophisticated IT enterprise and data processing capacities with a focus on addressing veteran mental health, particularly the need to provide critical support for veterans facing especially dire mental health challenges.”

“Mission Daybreak represents the latest step within these efforts through providing support to self-directed research teams that merge preexisting expertise with the technical capacities offered by VA’s modernized IT resources. These technical capacities includes various analytic tools, with access to data, surveys, and reports on Veteran suicide prevention serving as one of the cornerstones of the Mission Daybreak project…”

“VA’s new approach to suicide prevention has centered on using its resources to meet the particular needs of veterans, especially in accounting for the variable personal histories and mental health challenges that can precipitate a serious crisis. Mission Daybreak’s allocations foster new approaches to mental health support, with VA research teams submitting project concepts by July 8 in order for their work to be reviewed and receive additional funding — with the intent of launching the most promising entrants as full programs by 2023…” Read the full article here.

Source: New VA Initiative Eyes Reducing Veteran Suicide – By Adam Patterson, June 2, 2022. GovCIO.

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