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Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention

The VISN2 Center of Excellence for Suicide PreventionCenter of Excellence for Suicide Prevention

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Program Cores

The Center of Excellence is composed of a multi-disciplinary team representing the diverse fields of Psychiatry, Psychology, Nursing, Epidemiology, Sociology, Social Work, and Health Services Research.

Clinical Interventions Research Core

Develop, adapt, test, and disseminate interventions to:

  • Reduce suicidal thoughts and behavior among at-risk Veterans
  • Monitor at-risk Veterans and link them with treatment and services
  • Address key factors (e.g., depression) that lead to suicidal behavior of at-risk Veterans

Conduct research on the clinical epidemiology, etiology, and the course of suicidal thoughts and behavior among Veterans; improves access to care and enhances retention in treatment.

Epidemiology & Population Research Core

  • Acquire and develop new sources of population level data
  • Improve the timeliness and quality of suicide event data
  • Improve estimation of rates of attempted suicide and suicide
  • Identify changes in suicide or risk characteristics among Veterans
  • Evaluate the impact of VA-sponsored suicide prevention programs

Education, Training & Dissemination Core

  • Develop, deliver and evaluate Veteran population suicide prevention training and education for VA staff, Veterans and families, and the public
  • Develop, deliver and evaluate VA-wide education programs for Suicide Prevention Coordinators, Case Managers and other members of suicide prevention teams
  • Disseminate new knowledge acquired through the Center’s research activities


This website is for educational purposes only.

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