ABSTRACT

Defense Health Care: DOD Needs to Fully Assess Its Nonclinical Suicide Prevention Efforts and Address Any Impediments to Effectiveness, Report to Congressional Committees   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the Highlights: "Suicide is a public health problem facing all populations, including the military. From 2014 to 2019, the rate of suicide increased from 20.4 to 25.9 per 100,000 active component servicemembers. Over the past decade, DOD has taken steps to address the growing rate of suicide in the military through efforts aimed at prevention. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 included a provision for GAO [Government Accountability Office] to review DOD's suicide prevention programs. This report examines DOD's suicide prevention efforts, including, among other objectives, (1) the extent to which non-clinical efforts are assessed for being evidence based and effective and (2) any impediments that hamper the effectiveness of these efforts."

Report Number:
GAO-21-300
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Date:
2021-04
Copyright:
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
Government Accountability Office: https://www.gao.gov/
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pdf
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application/pdf
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