Suicide Prevention

Social Determinants & Negative Coping

Recent insights
Intervene sooner to stem rising tide of military suicide

“The military’s suicide prevention effort is failing, and we must find out why,” said Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., at a House Armed Services subcommittee hearing on the issue.

Overview

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.

The Problem

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.


The Solution

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.

Challenges

  • Suicide rates historically high in most demographic cohorts
  • 20 Veterans die by suicide each day, 14 have no contact with VA at time of death
  • Too much relies upon the individual to initiative engagement

Benefits

  • Real-time alerting of evidence-based behavioral risk indicators
  • Dynamic, proactive outreach to at-risk individuals
  • Increases self and support group reporting of concerning behavior
Young woman sitting in a chair

Jessica

Job Role: Mental Health Coordinator
Sector: State Veterans Affairs
Needs: More dynamic outreach

Situation

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.

Challenge

Because of resource constraints, she was limited to calendar-based outreach campaigns.

Solution

With ClearForce, Susan drives more timely outreach based on real-time reports directly from Veterans or their designed family members.