"In 2007, the Department of Veterans Affairs [VA] began an intensive effort to reduce suicide among Veterans. This effort had its roots in the Mental Health staffing expansion and the Joshua Omvig Bill, and it included both attention to Veterans in crisis as well as those determined to be at high risk for suicide. The effort also included the development of data systems to increase understanding of suicide among Veterans and inform both the VA and other suicide prevention programs. Information on the characteristics and outcomes of Veterans at risk for suicide is critical to the development of improved suicide prevention programs. […] All of these data collection systems have matured to the point where they can now begin to provide VA with information that can be used to both determine if the current suicide prevention program is having an effect, where gaps may occur, and provide direction for the future. This reports is an initial attempt to look at all of this information together in order to provide an overall picture of Veteran suicide to drive suicide prevention program development and improve outcomes for Veterans at risk for suicide. It is expected that reporting will be refined as time goes on and more data become available. This report contains a systematic overview of data obtained from the State Mortality Project, Suicide Behavior Reports for fiscal years 2009 -- 2012, and Veterans Crisis Line."
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: http://www.va.gov/