VA Seeking Comment on Waiving Copayments for Veterans at High Risk for Suicide
VA Seeking Comment on Waiving Copayments for Veterans at High Risk for Suicide
2022-01-05 22:44:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Department of Veteran Affairs is seeking public comment on a proposal to waive copayments for medications and health care services for veterans who have been identified as being at a high risk for suicide. According to a... Read More

In The States
South Carolina Governor Adds Mental Health Resources to Student IDs
2021-07-26 20:26:31
by Ansley Puckett

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster signed the Student Identification Card Suicide Prevention Act, requiring public and private schools in the state to provide a crisis hotline resource of their choosing on student ID card. “This law not only provides our... Read More

NIH Says Cannabis Use Could Increase Suicidal Thoughts in Young Adults
2021-06-23 14:20:13
by Brock Blasdell

The National Institutes of Health now believes cannabis use, regardless of frequency, could be associated with increased thoughts of suicide among young adults.  In a study released Tuesday, the finding involving over 280,000 young adults found a statistical association between... Read More

Mental Health
Proactive Approach Needed to Mitigate COVID Suicide Concerns
2021-03-15 13:37:14
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON - When an 11-year-old girl recently went to an emergency room in Connecticut, she was asked if she had been thinking about killing herself as part of a suicide screening. To her mother's shock, since they were there about... Read More

Suicides and Overdoses Among Factors Fueling Drop in US Life Expectancy

It’s official: Americans are dying much sooner in life. Preliminary signals of declining health were neither a false alarm nor a statistical fluke. A reversal of American life expectancy, a downward trend that has now been sustained for three years... Read More

Mental Health
Bipartisan Legislation Will Assist Farmers and Rural Communities Tackle Mental Health Issues
2019-10-24 20:15:58
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan trio of House members are fighting to increase mental health care options to address the growing rate of suicide in rural America. Rep. Anthony Brindisi, D-N.Y., a member of the House Agriculture Committee, led a bipartisan... Read More

New Legislation Will Make It Easier For Veterans In Crisis To Get Help
2019-07-02 20:12:16
by Sean Trambley

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, more than 20 veterans and military members die by suicide every day across the United States, and suicide rates are nearly two times higher for veterans than for non-veteran adults.  These tragic statistics... Read More

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