Experts offer ways to keep pandemic from worsening veterans suicide crisis

Suicide Prevention

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HOT SPRINGS, Ark — With suicide rates among veterans stuck at an elevated level despite several years of intense focus, military and mental health experts have been studying how non-veterans can help and say we need to act now – beyond Veterans Day because the pandemic threatens to make the crisis worse.

“I think veterans suicide is the quiet pandemic that has been going on for three decades in this nation. We’ve got to continue to engage,” said retired Marine Col. Michael Hudson, who for 30 years engaged enemies on the battlefield, but now sees engagement as the key to helping at-risk veterans.

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