VA Suicide Prevention Efforts
Suicide prevention is VA’s top clinical priority, and VA has adopted a public health approach to suicide prevention.
The goal of VA’s suicide prevention efforts is not to get every Veteran enrolled in VA care, but
rather to equip communities to help Veterans get the right care, whenever and wherever they
This means using prevention approaches that cut across all sectors in which Veterans may
interact, and collaborating with Veterans service organizations, state and local leaders, medical
professionals, criminal justice officials, private employers and many other stakeholders.
Put simply, VA must ensure suicide prevention is a part of every aspect of Veterans’ lives, not
just their interactions with VA.
Reaching Veterans Where They Live, Work, and Thrive
VA’s suicide prevention efforts are guided by the National Strategy for Preventing Veteran
Suicide, a long-term plan published in 2018 that provides a framework for identifying priorities,
organizing efforts, and focusing national attention and community resources to prevent suicide
among Veterans while adopting a broad public health approach with an emphasis on
comprehensive, community-based engagement.