HEALTH

Mental health summit aims to prevent veteran suicide

Aug 30, 2018, 12:40 PM
Veteran suicide is the focus of a summit in SLC Thursday....
Veteran suicide is the focus of a summit in SLC Thursday.

SALT LAKE CITY — A V.A. Mental Health Summit in Utah is aimed at preventing veteran suicide, with the Office of Veterans Affairs saying around 20 vets take their own lives every day nationwide.

Analysts say there are two different age groups that are more susceptible to suicide: veterans over the age of 55 and vets under the age of 30.

Dr. Steven Allen is the PTSD Team Coordinator at the V.A. Medical Center in Salt Lake City, where the summit is being held.

“The numbers are skewed, that these tend to be younger veterans, which is a significant problem, and then older veterans as well,” Allen says.

He says depression, drug and alcohol use may all be factors in assessing someone’s risk for dying by suicide, but the issue is complex.

“Many of those veterans that have killed themselves, they’re not veterans that have been deployed,” he says. “The military, the Department of Defense, is working very hard right now to try and clarify what might be going on with that.”

Anyone who is struggling with thoughts of suicide should consider calling the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK. There are additional resources available here.

Today’s Top Stories

Health

Gov. Cox mental health...
Mark Jackson

Utah’s Coordinated Action Plan for Water released this week

Utah’s Coordinated Action Plan for Water was released Wednesday by Gov. Spencer Cox and state agencies.
13 hours ago
The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food announced Wednesday two new cases of avian influenza....
Mark Jones

Two new cases of avian influenza announced Wednesday

Two new cases of avian influenza have been confirmed by the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food. The new cases are in Iron and Utah counties.
2 days ago
Utah Naloxone...
Devin Oldroyd

Utah Naloxone and law enforcement reach milestone in preventing overdose deaths

Utah Naloxone reports over 600 lives in Utah have been saved thanks to law enforcement's use of naloxone (Narcan®).
4 days ago
Primary Children's Medical Center has canceled some scheduled surgeries and other procedures this w...
Simone Seikaly

Citing rising RSV cases, Primary Children’s delaying some surgeries

Primary Children's is delaying pre-scheduled and non-emergency procedures that would require an inpatient stay.
4 days ago
Shortages of antivirals and antibiotics compound the stress of this year's early and severe respira...
Brenda Goodman and Raenu Charles, CNN

Shortages of antivirals, antibiotics compound stress of a rough season for viral illnesses in kids

Shortages of key medications used to treat common childhood illnesses like flu, ear infections, and sore throats are adding to the misery of this year's early and severe respiratory virus season.
9 days ago
Officials at Weber State University are considering a change to the student health services current...
Alexandrea Bonilla

Weber State University considers outsourcing student health care

Right now, the health center at Weber State provides low-cost care to students and does not require any form of insurance.
10 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...
Macey's

5 game day snacks for the whole family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...
Sorenson

The best tools for Deaf and hard-of-hearing workplace success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...
Macey's

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
christmas decorations candles in glass jars with fir on a old wooden table...
Western Nut Company

12 Mason Jar Gift Ideas for the 12 Days of Christmas [with recipes!]

There are so many clever mason jar gift ideas to give something thoughtful to your neighbors or friends. Read our 12 ideas to make your own!
wide shot of Bear Lake with a person on a stand up paddle board...

Pack your bags! Extended stays at Bear Lake await you

Work from here! Read our tips to prepare for your extended stay, whether at Bear Lake or somewhere else nearby.
young boy with hearing aid...
Sorenson

Accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing

These different types of accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing can help them succeed in school.
Mental health summit aims to prevent veteran suicide