This brief is about the relationship between veterans' unfulfilled mental healthcare needs and suicidal ideation. In policy and practice, physicians should provide information to veterans about organizations and initiatives for assistance, and veterans' organizations should address socioeconomic needs, mental healthcare needs, and alcohol and substance use among the veteran population; policymakers should provide healthcare services for veterans to ensure that they receive mental healthcare when they need it. Suggestions for future research include reporting techniques besides self-reporting, incorporating veterans into the study who might have mental health concerns but are not clinically diagnosed, and looking at the impact of family support in preventing veteran suicide.
Becerra, M. B., Becerra, B. J., Hassija, C. M., & Safdar, N. (2016). Unmet mental healthcare need and suicidal ideation among U.S. veterans. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 51(1), 90-94. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2016.01.015
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Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, "Research Brief: "Unmet Mental Healthcare Need and Suicidal Ideation Among U.S. Veterans"" (2016). Institute for Veterans and Military Families. 275.
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