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Military personnel suicide

Even after spending tens of millions of dollars on suicide research and prevention programs, our Pentagon concedes it still does not know the reasons our military suicide rate has increased so rapidly. A recent report from the Pentagon found that 519 US service members died by suicide in 2021, a decrease from the 582 cases in 2020. Statistics show a pattern of young white males, both in the military and in civilian life, who use a gun to kill themselves. Studies show troops with multiple concussions and those with post-traumatic stress disorder are also more prone to suicidal thoughts and actions.

Members of the armed Forces who are behavioral health patients experiencing distress, emotional dysregulation, or suicidal ideation are often separated from direct clinical support when they need it. Advocates say the Virtual Hope Box (VHB) could help. VHB is a smartphone application designed for use by patients and their behavioral health providers as an accessory to treatment. The VHB contains simple tools to help patients with coping, relaxation, distraction and positive thinking. Users of the Virtual Hope Box application have reported significantly greater ability in coping with unpleasant emotions and thoughts.

Proposed Legislation: Reintroduction of H.R.5352 - Military Suicide Prevention in the 21st Century Act (117th Congress 2021-2022)
Prospective Sponsor: Rep. David Joyce (OH)

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Poll Opening Date
March 13, 2023
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March 19, 2023

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