Stop Soldier Suicide, Inc.
July 2020- June 2021
Suicide is a growing public health epidemic that disproportionately impacts military veterans, resulting in a staggering number of lives lost each year.
While New York State has one of the lowest suicide rates in the country, its veterans die by suicide at almost double the rate of their civilian counterparts—accounting for 1 in 7 suicides across the State. In the months leading up to the COVID-19 pandemic, Stop Soldier Suicide saw a 46% increase in requests for help from New York City veterans. Since the outbreak, an exacerbation of the underlying behavioral health issues that can lead to suicide has occurred, increasing demand for veteran-specific suicide prevention services in the nation’s largest city. In 2020, NYHealth awarded Stop Soldier Suicide a grant to expand its evidence-based suicide prevention program throughout the New York City metro region.