Veterans’ Health

Project Title

Disrupting Military Suicide, Phase 3

Grant Amount

$110,000

Priority Area

Veterans’ Health

Date Awarded

September 28, 2022

Region

Outside New York State

Western NY

Status

In Progress

Website

https://stopsoldiersuicide.org/

New York’s veterans die by suicide at almost twice the rate of their civilian counterparts, accounting for 1 in 7 suicides in New York State.

Research shows that veterans at risk of suicide will not always disclose suicidal thoughts or indicate they are in crisis to a mental health provider. NYHealth partnered with Stop Soldier Suicide in 2020 and 2021 to expand its Disrupt Veteran Suicide program across New York City to target and identify veterans at high risk for suicide through online marketing campaigns and social media. In 2022, NYHealth awarded Stop Soldier Suicide a third grant to expand Disrupt Veteran Suicide across the State, with a focus on high-need areas including rural counties and Western New York.

Under this grant, Stop Soldier Suicide will use digital tools to identify veterans who are at risk of suicide, as well as deliver thousands of media impressions through outreach on social media and online forums. It will assess veterans who display moderate- to high-risk of self-harm and connect them to care. Stop Soldier Suicide will deliver specialized, culturally competent telemental health care and individualized care plans to veterans at high risk for suicide, and connect clients to services to help alleviate crises. It will also strengthen its network of partners to bridge gaps in care, enhance peer-to-peer support, and provide external clinical services when needed. Stop Soldier Suicide will continue to evaluate its model to support ongoing quality improvement and effective implementation. The evaluation will serve as a blueprint for other statewide expansions of the Disrupt Veteran Suicide program across the country.