President Trump is expected to unveil a plan that aims to prevent veteran suicides.
According to This Hill:
The road map calls for 10 recommendations, including a national public health messaging campaign around suicide, changes to how research on veteran suicide is conducted and suicide prevention training across professions, according to senior administration officials.
Trump is scheduled to deliver remarks laying out the plan in the East Room Wednesday afternoon and will be accompanied by Vice President Pence. The plan, which officials say stretches 60 pages, is expected to be released later in the day.
“In order to succeed in any of this work, we have to change the culture of mental health and specifically around suicide,” a senior administration official told reporters on a call previewing the plan. “Within the veterans community, but also more broadly.”
“This campaign will educate Americans about risk factors, about protective factors and will also dispel many of the myths that currently exist, that have always existed, around suicide,” the official continued.
Veteran’s suicide rates are 1.5 times higher than that of nonveterans adults.