In 2012, the NC Institute of Medicine convened a Task Force on Suicide Prevention and Intervention. This resulted in a plan that was published in July 2012. The Task Force issued recommendations, including evidence-based practices for prevention programs, gatekeeper training programs, screening tools, programs effective for reducing suicidal ideation and in addressing underlying behavioral health disorders, recovery supports, and postvention practices. One of the recommendations stated the need to develop a statewide suicide prevention plan; this was followed by the 2015 NC Suicide Prevention Plan, which resulted from the efforts of nearly 200 stakeholders.
In 2013, the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the US Department of Defense (DoD) issued a Clinical Practice Guideline for Assessment and Management of Patients at Risk for Suicide. The VA/DoD has developed a series of clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) that both VA and non-VA clinicians that include evidence-based practices for various disorders including depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and substance use disorder. These CPGs are often accompanied by pocket guides. In addition, the VA has developed several apps that may be helpful for Veterans.
The VA issued an infographic on Veteran suicides in NC, comparing them to non-Veteran suicides in the State, southern region, and nationally using 2014 data. Recently, the Injury and Violence Prevention Branch, NC Department of Health and Human Series, has compiled statistics on deaths from suicide by Veterans in the State from 2010-14 in a double-sided infographic.
The Violence and Injury Prevention Branch, Division of Public Health, NC Department of Health and Human Services contributed to that plan by providing an overview of the scope of the problem, particularly as it related to sub-populations like Veterans.
The conference will provide an overview of national and state perspectives as they relate to suicide within the mlitary community. Currently, it is documented that at least 20 Veterans die by suicide a day–this translates to about 5 Veterans a week in North Carolina. The purpose of the conference is to develop an actionable suicide prevention agenda for Vietnam Veterans; OEF/OIF/OND (Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn) service members and Veterans; and military-connected adolescents and young adults.
Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2017, from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm (registration begins at 7:30 am)
Location: Jane S. McKimmon Center for Extension and Continuing Education, 1101 Gorman St., Raleigh NC 27606
Purpose: to develop an actionable suicide prevention agenda for Vietnam Veterans; OEF/OIF/OND service members and Veterans; and military-connected adolescents and young adults.
Target Audience: emergency telecommunicators and first responders; treatment providers; LME/MCO staff; high school and higher education counselors, psychologists, and social workers; academicians; policymakers; county commissioners; and faith community
Keynote Speaker: Harold Kudler, MD, Acting Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health (ADUSH) for Patient Care Services, US Department of Veterans Affairs Central Office.