Veteran suicide focus of new book from APHA

Date: May 24 2013

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Washington, D.C., May 22, 2013 — A new book from the American Public Health Association presents a rich collection of reports and research addressing a growing public health concern: suicide among military veterans. The book, “Veteran Suicide: A Public Health Imperative,” includes manuscripts from public health, scientific and clinical experts addressing prevention, treatment, surveillance and more.

 “With an estimated 22 suicides in the U.S. every day, veteran suicide is a clear public health issue plaguing U.S. veterans,” said Georges Benjamin, MD, executive director of the American Public Health Association. “This collection of reports and continued research are a crucial first step in ensuring the health of our nation’s heroes.”

The new book compiles letters, editorials, commentaries, reports and studies to capture survey data, suggestions for prevention, methods for treatment and more. With content ranging from mental health and alcohol and drug use,to homelessness and estimating the risk of suicide, the book offers a foundation for understanding veteran suicide and the many factors involved.

“The research represented by the collection of manuscripts included in this volume is an important step towards addressing the national problem of suicide and a reminder that even one death by suicide is too many,” said Janet Kemp, RN, PhD, Department of Veterans Affairs National Mental Health Program Director for Suicide Prevention.

The book is published following a supplement to a 2012 issue of the American Journal of Public Health themed “Suicide Risk Among Veterans of Military Service,” which captured some of the latest veteran suicide research. Collaborating in the book’s development, the Department of Veterans Affairs has increased its efforts towards suicide prevention through various means, including implementing the Veterans Crisis Line and increasing mental health staff.

“It is tragic when a citizen of the United States willingly puts themselves in harm’s way and survives only to later die by suicide. Our efforts to understand and intervene are important and life saving,” said Kemp.

Book Ordering Information: Available now, published by APHA Press, “Veteran Suicide: A Public Health Imperative,”ISBN: 978-0-87553-211-0, softcover, 521 pages, List price: $37.50, plus shipping and handling (APHA member price: $26.00). 

To order, call toll-free 888-320-APHA; fax 888-361-APHA; e-mail APHA press or visit the APHA Bookstore.

Requests for a review copy should be sent by email to David Hartogs.

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