Southeastern Wisconsin Veteran Suicide Prevention Task Force
Contact: Dona Drew, MSW, Community Engagement and Partnership Coordinator, Dona.Drew@va.gov
VA Medical Center Milwaukee, WI
The Task Force is focused on actions in the following areas: Public Health Awareness, Outreach, Clinical & Research/Policy. Check out our progress below
Clinical Services for Veterans
The Clinical Services action area is working to ensure that Service Members, Veterans, and their family and friends who are in a crisis have access to appropriate mental health services at the VA and throughout the community with clinicians that understand military/veteran issues and culture. It is focused also on Veterans who don’t have VA health care benefits. The partnership with the Veterans Health Coalition provides a listing of clinical resources for Veterans.
Change the Culture
Research & Policy
This action area is investigating and initiating policy and program changes through research projects which can inform on legislature changes which will decrease Veteran suicides. The current research focus is to study the effects of Veterans use of firearm storage and firearm safety methods to reduce the use of firearms in suicides. This research will hopefully support laws which can impact Veteran suicide prevention.