Suicide among women Veterans: Risk factors associated with mental health and emotional well-being

Date: 2019
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Information

Type:  Fact Sheet/Issue Brief
Author:  U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Publisher:  Author

Women Veterans are almost twice as likely as non-Veteran women to die by suicide. This issue brief focuses on the link between psychopathology and suicide risk among women Veterans - a link that is stronger than among male Veterans. It highlights suicide risk related to mental health conditions, substance use disorders, intimate partner violence, and problems with emotion regulation and distress tolerance. The brief provides recommendations for identifying and assisting women Veterans at risk for suicide for clinicians and providers. 

Populations:  Women, Military Service Members and Veterans
Settings:  Health Care, Behavioral Health Care
About Suicide:  Behavioral Health Disorders, Depression/Bipolar, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Substance Abuse, Self-Injury (NSSI), Suicidal Thoughts and Behavior, Ideation, Attempts, Risk and Protective Factors
Planning and Implementing:  Cultural Competence
Strategies:  Identify and Assist, Screening and Assessment, Effective Care/Treatment, Treatment, Life Skills and Resilience