September is National Suicide Prevention Month. While suicide impacts all Americans, it has an especially devastating effect on America’s veterans. Tragically, nearly 20 veterans commit suicide each day, many of whom are over age 55 and not presently engaged with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Policymakers have long sought to provide veterans with the mental health tools, communications technology, and data analytics to assist in their care and combat this serious issue.
On Wednesday, September 13, LifeIRE, the Connected Health Initiative, and Health Tech Strategies hosted a panel on the positive impact of technology on the treatment of at-risk veterans. Please join us for this important briefing and reception during National Suicide Prevention Month.
The VA, Members of Congress, industry stakeholders, and researchers participated in a lively and insightful panel discussion outlining the steps being taken to address veteran suicide, demonstrate how new technologies and programs are being used to identify and assist at-risk veterans, and identify the innovations and technology solutions that hold the greatest promise for the veteran community.
Organizers offer special thanks to the office of Rep. Jack Bergman (R-MI) for the Congressman’s leadership on the issue and for facilitating this important event. To watch the Panel discussion, feel free to click on the following video link: https://youtu.be/7c4hPBrdh_Y
Great thanks to the panelists:
- Neal Neuberger- Health Tech Strategies (Introductions)
- Representative Jack Bergman (R-MI)
- Dr. Kieta Franklin Ph.D: Director for the Defense Suicide Prevention Office
- Dr. David Carroll: Executive Director, Mental Health Operations, VA
- John Draper, Ph.D: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- Howard Rosen: LifeWRE Group
- Dr. Adam Darkins: Fmr. Director Clinical Care Coordination – VHA
- Mark Newsome: IBM Watson