A $2.9 million study to explore risk factors that contribute to suicides, self-harm, and early mortality among military veterans is about to get underway, with University of Alabama researchers, Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, and America’s Warrior Partnership working together on the study.
The study, named Operation Deep Dive, aims to create a better understanding of the risk factors, especially at the community and organizational levels. America’s Warrior Partnership is a non-profit organization that helps other veterans-oriented nonprofits collaborate and coordinate to serve veterans, their families, and military personnel.
Recent research shows that neither combat exposure nor PTSD are good predictors of veteran suicides, so researchers need to explore the topic further.
Jim Lorraine, president and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership stated: “The overarching goal of the study is to understand triggers of suicide in order to prevent potential suicides before they occur.”