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Trends in suicidal thoughts, behaviors among veterans during pandemic

JAMA Psychiatry

Peer-Reviewed Publication

JAMA Network

About The Study: The prevalence of suicidal thoughts and behaviors has not increased for most U.S. veterans during the first three years of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, veterans with pre-existing loneliness, psychiatric distress, and lower purpose in life were at heightened risk of developing new-onset suicidal ideation and suicide planning during the pandemic. Evidence-based prevention and intervention efforts that target these factors may help mitigate suicide risk in this population.

Authors: Ian C. Fischer, Ph.D., of the VA Connecticut Healthcare System in West Haven, is the corresponding author.

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