More veterans than ever are coming forward to ask the Department of Veterans Affairs for help related to their mental health. In a May 17 report, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported:
• VA anticipates that outpatient mental-health care will increase 32 percent during the next decade.
• The department views veteran suicide as its highest-priority issue. “Veterans are 1.5 percent more likely to die by suicide,” the GAO report stated.
• Even though VA tries to increase awareness through outreach efforts, many veterans are unaware that help is available.
• The Coronavirus pandemic saw a 200-percent uptick in VA mental health-related telehealth visits during the quarantine’s first eight months.
Report here: Veterans’ Growing Demand for Mental Health Services, May 17, 2021
FRIDAY, MAY 21 at 2 PM EDT
Live Facebook event on preventing Veteran suicide
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