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Since 2010, deaths by suicide among veterans has surpassed the number of combat-related deaths during the wars in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan combined.
During the State of the Union, President Joe Biden highlighted mental health concerns among the United States Population. The address was covered by “The Morning Meeting with Al Tompkins,” who summarized some important areas of focus.
One area of particular emphasis was the mental health and elevated suicide rate among United States military veteran populations. Since 2010, the number of deaths by suicide among United States veterans has surpassed the number of combat-related deaths during the war in Vietnam, as well as the Iraq and Afghanistan military operations combined. Tompkins goes on to highlight White House Advisors’ commentary on the mental health concerns and suicide rate among Veterans, mentioning that it has been called a “public health and national security crisis”.
The address highlights a call for increased government spending to increase support for veterans experiencing mental health concerns secondary to their military service. For veterans who may be experiencing distress, receiving professional psychological support may be an important protective factor and may help support veterans in managing mental health symptoms. Among evidence-based treatment options, cognitive behavioral therapy has shown strong evidence in supporting suicide prevention (e.g., Brown et al., 2016; Rudd et al., 2015) among military veteran populations. Given the mental health impacts of military service that many veterans may experience, awareness of effective treatments and protective measures is of utmost importance. For resources and specialists in CBT, you can try our “Get Help” feature to search for providers.
Article written by Dominique Legros, M.A.
Brown, G. K., Karlin, B. E., Trockel, M., Gordienko, M., Yesavage, J., & Taylor, C. B. (2016). Effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy for veterans with depression and suicidal ideation. Archives of Suicide Research, 20(4), 677–682. https://doi.org/10.1080/13811118.2016.1162238
Rudd, M. D., Bryan, C. J., Wertenberger, E. G., Peterson, A. L., Young-McCaughan, S., Mintz, J., Williams, S. R., Arne, K. A., Breitbach, J., Delano, K., Wilkinson, E., & Bruce, T. O. (2015). Brief cognitive-behavioral therapy effects on post-treatment suicide attempts in a military sample: Results of a randomized clinical trial with 2-year follow-up. American Journal of Psychiatry, 172(5), 441–449. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ajp.2014.14070843