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HERS - Suicide and Homeless Veterans


HERS - Suicide and Homeless Veterans

February 27, 2018

Suicide is a major public health concern in the United States, ranking as the tenth leading cause of death and claiming over 36,000 lives each year. Veterans have an elevated risk, with a suicide rate of 35 per 100,000, compared to 26 per 100,000 for civilian adults.  In 2014, an average of 20 Veterans died from suicide each day; only 6 of the 20 were users of VA health care services. With a suicide rate of 81 per 100,000, homeless Veterans are particularly vulnerable. This virtual symposium takes a look at recent research on this population and considers the implications for policy and practice in light of VA’s current suicide prevention efforts encompassing education, training, collaborative partnerships, and the use of predictive modeling tools to identify Veterans at risk. We will hear from senior researchers in VA and executives from the VA Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. Their presentations will be followed by a roundtable discussion featuring leaders from the VA Office of Homeless Programs, SAMHSA’s Suicide Prevention Office, and one of the seven cities participating in the recently launched Mayor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide among service members, Veterans, and their families.


  • Lisa Brenner, PhD, Director, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 19 Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) |Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Colorado, Anschutz School of Medicine
  • Dennis Culhane, PhD, Research Director, National Center on Homelessness among Veterans, Homeless Programs Office, Veterans Health Administration |Dana and Andrew Stone Professor of Social Policy, University of Pennsylvania
  • Aaron Eagan, RN, MPH, National Program Director, REACH Vet, Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Keita Franklin, PhD, Acting National Director for Suicide Prevention, Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, Veterans Health Administration

Roundtable Panel

    • Keita Franklin, PhD
    • Michele Fuller-Hallauer, Manager, Clark County Social Service, Las Vegas, Nevada
    • Richard T. McKeon, PhD, MPH, Chief, Suicide Prevention Branch, Division of Prevention, Traumatic Stress, and Special Programs, Center for Mental Health Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
    • Jeffrey Quarles, MRC, LICDC, Acting Executive Director, Veterans Health Administration Homeless Programs

      View the archived webinar and download presentations at: http://va-eerc-ees.adobeconnect.com/hers/

                     Suicide and Homeless Veterans Proceedings Document




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