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Department of Veterans Affairs launches a new system to try to 'predict' veteran suicide

April 11, 2017 (Photo Credit: Charles Dharapak/AP)
The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched a new system to try to predict suicidal behavior among veterans called Recovery Engagement and Coordination for Health—Veterans Enhanced Treatment, or REACH VET.

The program allows the VA to analyze data from health records and identify veterans that are at a statistically higher risk for suicide, hospitalization, illness and other issues. 

“Early intervention can lead to better recovery outcomes, lessen the likelihood of challenges becoming crises and reduce the stress that veterans and their loved one face,” said Dr. Caitlin Thompson, national director of the VA’s Office for Suicide Prevention.

Once an individual is identified, their mental health or primary care physician will reach out to check on them, review conditions and treatment plans and determine if increased care is needed, officials said.

The Veterans Crisis Line is also available at 800-273-8255, or online at  VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat.

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