Challenge

Over the last decade, suicide rates among veterans have increased by 25 percent, while suicide rates among active duty service members have not declined. Both statistics point to a need to strengthen the behavioral health systems that serve the military and their families.

EDC serves as a suicide prevention expert for the Service Members, Veterans, and their Families Technical Assistance (SMVF TA) Center. The SMVF TA Center supports U.S. state and territory military and civilian interagency teams in delivering TA that supports state and city leaders in implementing evidence-based suicide prevention strategies.

Key Activities

EDC staff engage in the following activities:

Impact

The SMVF TA Center has:

  • Reached 7 states and will convene 28 more states through the Governor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide Among Service Members, Veterans, and their Families
  • Reached 24 cities through the Mayor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide Among Service Members, Veterans, and their Families

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PROJECT DIRECTOR
DURATION
2020–Present
FUNDED BY
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
PARTNERS

Policy Research Associates