What can we learn from the 2022 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report?

Behavioral health is a continued concern for veterans, especially when veterans have more than a 50% increased risk of suicide than people who haven’t served in the military. The rate of veteran suicide is tracked in order to see the current state of mental health treatment for veterans, and where to improve in the future. 

The 2022 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report (NVSPAR) is released by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the recent report shows data that covers about two decades, from 2001 to 2020. The annual report covers many different statistics, and they are split into categories such as suicide rates by:

  • Age.
  • Sex.
  • Race and ethnicity.
  • Years after military separation.
  • Method.

4 important statistics were shown in the suicide prevention report

While the topic is melancholic, the data in the 2022 NVSPAR shows an improvement over the years with downward trends of suicide among veterans. There is quite a lot of data, but here are some of the key statistics:

  1. The unadjusted suicide rate of veterans in 2020 was 31.7 per 100,000.
  2. In 2019, there were 6,489 veteran suicides. The number went down to 6,146 veteran suicides the following year.
  3. Age- and sex-adjusted veteran suicide peaked in 2018 and decreased over the next two years. The rate decreased by 9.7% from 2018 to 2020. The same pattern was shown for non-veteran adults in the U.S., with the rate decreasing by 5.5%.
  4. From 2019 to 2020, the age-adjusted suicide rate decreased by 0.7% for male veterans and 14.1% for female veterans.

While it’s good to see the rates dropping in the veteran suicide prevention report, there are still thousands of veterans in the United States who are struggling and have high suicidality

Valor Healthcare provides evidence-based therapy for mental health issues

Valor believes that even one death by suicide is too many. This is why, in 2021, Valor Healthcare committed to implementing zero suicide policies and practices. This approach has been empirically proven to significantly reduce suicide attempts and deaths with the goal of eliminating them. Valor will adopt all zero suicide policies and procedures by 2024.

Valor Healthcare utilizes a professional consultative approach driven by clinical data to address behavioral health, substance abuse, and comorbid conditions, including suicidality. We provide trauma-informed and person-centered care and offer a variety of treatment modalities and evidence-based therapeutic approaches. These therapies are designed to meet the individualized needs of the patriots we serve. This includes case management, crisis intervention, primary care behavioral health, psychiatry, and therapy services. Behavioral healthcare is delivered both face-to-face or via telehealth, allowing Valor to provide premier services to anyone, anywhere.

Valor providers are driven to be the very best and are continually advancing their knowledge base. Valor offers an extensive array of evidence-based therapy interventions designed to meet the needs of those they serve. Here are some of the evidence-based interventions provided in our clinics:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT).
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).
  • Exposure Therapy.
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
  • Family Psycho-Education (FPE).
  • Functional Family Therapy.
  • Motivational Interviewing.
  • Seeking Safety.

Valor Healthcare is a veteran-founded healthcare organization. We aim to provide whole healthcare services to veterans and other patriots. We are the largest contracted provider of outpatient healthcare services for veterans and take pride in delivering world-class services. We were one of the first community-based outpatient clinics to be accredited for ambulatory care by the Joint Commission and continue to focus on quality across all our lines of business. 

Valor Healthcare is a team made up of veterans and leading clinicians. We are passionate about making resources available to those who have served our country. Valor was first established in 2004, when an Army veteran and a Navy veteran joined together to create something they both believed in — good-quality outpatient care for veterans. 

Interested in the types of services a veteran-focused health consultant company can provide? We specialize in each of the following:

  • Outpatient clinic operations.
  • Occupational health.
  • Behavioral health.
  • Population health.
  • Value-added services.

Would you benefit from any of the services listed above? Don’t hesitate to reach out to our team for guidance. Valor Healthcare partners with public and private medical clinics to bring high-quality healthcare to American veterans. Partner with us to give your patients access to data-driven, 21st-century care.