Understanding Veteran Suicide Risk and Mitigation Strategies During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Academic Article


  • U.S. Veterans experience a significantly higher risk for suicide compared to the general population. Understanding the challenges associated with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) enables providers to mitigate the risk of suicide among Veterans. Evidence supports access and utilization of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) mental health services as they are a protective factor associated with lower suicide rates. During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the VA has worked to further decrease deaths by suicide in the Veteran population by rapid expansion of current interventions and implementation of new evidence-based interventions. These interventions include mental health and coaching applications, consistent use of measurement-based care across multiple disciplines, and greater use of telehealth services. Through these efforts, despite increased risk for suicide due to additional stressors from COVID-19, suicide rates among Veterans are decreasing. [Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 60(12), 25-29.].
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    Author List

  • Mayfield BL; Holland AC; Ashley MN; Woodward LL; Julaka ST; Richardson J; McGuinness TM
  • Start Page

  • 25
  • End Page

  • 29
  • Volume

  • 60
  • Issue

  • 12