Young Adults in the Military: Risk and Prevention of Suicide (pp. 97-100)
Authors: (Jennifer Perry, and Alissa Briggs, Division of Adolescent Medicine and Young Parent programs, Kentucky Clinic, Department of Pediatrics, Kentucky Childrenís Hospital, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America)
Abstract: As a health care provider, the military is poised to approach suicide prevention and
intervention systemically. While services only reach a fraction of veterans, strides are
being made to improve access. Efforts include adding Suicide Prevention Coordinators at
military facilities, increasing the number of mental health professionals across military
settings, and screening. Another preventative intervention is the use of gatekeepers,
individuals who are not clinically trained, but have jobs that put them into routine contact
with veterans. Gatekeepers are trained to notice veterans who are presenting with signs of
suicide risk and make effective referrals to mental health providers. Services and
awareness are growing for young adults in the military who present with suicidal
ideation. Suicide appears to be persistent and affects every branch of military, however
providing a holistic approach can provide a balanced distribution of resources,
information and knowledge.
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