By Josh Mitchell
Corinth Today News Editor
A new partnership was announced last week to reduce veteran suicides by increasing access to mental health care.
Seventy-four Mississippi veterans committed suicide in 2014, a recent Veterans Affairs study showed.
VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin said suicide prevention is his top clinical priority.
The VA and the Cohen Veterans Network, Inc. will work together to “expand and promote community collaboration to increase veterans’ access to mental health resources,” a VA news release said.
“With 14 out of the 20 veterans who take their own lives per day not engaging VA care, partnerships such as this help those veterans, as well as their families, receive care where they live,” Shulkin said in a statement.
The VA and CVN will discuss potential locations for Cohen Clinics in regions where veterans’ mental health needs are not adequately served.
“This partnership will help us save lives by getting care to veterans faster and, therefore, preventing suicides,” said Dr. Anthony Hassan, president and CEO of CVN.
If you are a veteran or know a veteran in crisis or having thoughts of suicides, call the Veterans Crisis Line for confidential support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 1-800-273-8255 and press 1, chat online at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat, or text to 838255.