Col. Michael Hudson leads the ClearForce team efforts to transform veteran suicide prevention by leveraging new technology, privacy, compliance, and behavioral data to move upstream and push resources to empower those who struggle.
Suicide rates continue to escalate throughout society and COVID only makes this problem worse. 50% of suicides are not linked to a medical condition. In 2017, the CDC defined financial problems, relationship issues and substance abuse as evidence-based public health factors that directly correlate the higher incidents of suicide.
Today, the burden rests with the individual to ask for help, through a suicide prevention hotline or community assistance program. Outreach efforts are limited, often generalized for awareness and in most cases calendar-based.
ClearForce delivers real-time continual “push” based alerting of evidenced-based behavioral risk and patterns of compounding pressure often identified in financial, criminal, social media, and web-based direct reporting. Organizational leaders can then engage at-risk individuals with positive mitigation options to prevent suicide.
Jessica leads communication outreach for the State’s Veteran Suicide Prevention Unit. She and her team proactively contacts Veterans in need of mental wellness support and an understanding of the State’s available programs and resources.
Because of resource constraints, she was limited to calendar-based outreach campaigns.
With ClearForce, Susan drives more timely outreach based on real-time reports directly from Veterans or their designed family members.