The Cohen Veterans Network calls on Americans to fight veteran suicide

CVN survey: Nearly a third (29%) of Americans think asking someone if they’re considering suicide can make them more likely to kill themselves

STAMFORD, Conn., September 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Veteran suicide is a complex issue. There is no single cause or solution. However, some steps can be taken to strengthen suicide prevention efforts. As September marks Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, Cohen Veterans Network (CVN), a nonprofit, philanthropic organization that serves post-9/11 veterans, service members, and their families through a national system of mental health clinics, calls on all Americans to address veteran suicide by learning the warning signs of someone at risk, understanding what to say and do to support someone in difficulty and knowing the resources available for people in mental health crisis. The network has developed a webpage dedicated to these actions that anyone can use to support suicide prevention.

In 2019, the suicide rate for veterans was 31.6 per 100,000, nearly double the rate for non-veteran U.S. adults (16.8 per 100,000), according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 2021 Annual Report on suicide prevention among veterans. The report also revealed that in 2019, there were an average of 17.2 veteran suicides per day. This equates to 6,261 veteran suicide deaths in 2019, down 399 from 2018.

“We owe it to our nation’s veterans to do all we can to support their mental health and well-being,” said Cohen Veterans Network President and CEO Dr. Anthony Hassan. “This includes being proactive about suicide prevention: familiarizing yourself with the warning signs of suicide, learning what to do and how to approach a loved one who may be worrying you, and familiarizing yourself with the resources available to you. help manage a crisis scenario These small steps could have a huge impact on a veteran’s life.

CVN’s call to action comes after the organization revealed the results of its US Mental Health Suicide Prevention Survey last year. The survey, which looked at Americans’ general knowledge about suicide prevention, revealed a number of strong misconceptions about the topic. Among its main findings:

  • Nearly half (45%) of Americans believe that most suicides happen suddenly, without warning, or “on a whim.”
    • FACT: Most people who attempt suicide will show warning signs. Recognizing the signs could help prevent suicide. Warning signs include talking about wanting to die or committing suicide, withdrawing from family and friends, giving away important possessions, getting your affairs in order, such as making a will , etc.
  • Nearly a third (29%) of Americans think asking someone if they are considering suicide can make them more likely to kill themselves.
    • FACT: Talking about suicide can bring relief to someone who is having suicidal thoughts knowing that someone cares, wants to listen, and is there to help. “Asking about suicidal thoughts or feelings will not cause someone to do something self-harm. In fact, providing the opportunity to talk about feelings can reduce the risk of acting out suicidal feelings,” according to the Mayo Clinic.

“Early intervention is critically important when it comes to suicide prevention,” Hassan said. “That’s why access to care remains a top priority for the Cohen Veterans Network. When a member of the military community raises their hand for help, our Cohen clinics are ready to help.”

Since its creation in April 2016, CVN has provided mental health services to more than 42,000 clients. Care is available for post-9/11 veterans, service members, and military family members through the network’s 22 Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinics across the country. Clients are treated for a wide variety of mental health issues including PTSD, depression, anxiety, adjustment issues, anger, grief and loss, family issues, transition issues, relationship problems and child behavior problems. Treatment is available in person or through CVN Telehealth, face-to-face video therapy.

To learn more about fighting veteran suicide, log on to cohenveteransnetwork.org/suicideprevention.

About the survey

The Cohen Veterans Network is committed to increasing access to mental health care services. The US Mental Health Suicide Prevention Pulse Survey was conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of the Cohen Veterans Network and included 2,063 US adults aged 18 or older who participated in an online survey between August 17 – 19, 2021. Results were weighted by census targets for education, age/gender, race/ethnicity, region, household income and online propensity were adjusted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population.

About the Cohen Veterans Network

Cohen Veterans Network (CVN) is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit philanthropic organization for post-9/11 veterans, active duty members and their families. CVN is focused on improving mental health outcomes, operating a network of outpatient mental health clinics in communities in need, in which trained clinicians provide holistic, evidence-based care to address mental health issues. Mental Health. It was created in 2016 by philanthropist Steven A. Cohen with a commitment of $275 million to build the network. Learn more.

SOURCE Cohen Veterans Network