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Using media to promote suicide prevention hotlines to Veteran households
  1. Elizabeth Karras1,
  2. Brady Stephens1,
  3. Janet E Kemp2,
  4. Robert M Bossarte1,3
  1. 1Department of Veterans Affairs, VISN 2 Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention, Canandaigua, New York, USA
  2. 2Department of Veterans Affairs, National Mental Health Program Director, Suicide Prevention and Community Engagement, Washington, District of Columbia, USA
  3. 3Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Elizabeth Karras, Department of Veterans Affairs, VISN 2 Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention, 400 Fort Hill Avenue, Canandaigua, NY 14424, USA; Elizabeth.karras{at}va.gov

Abstract

This article presents preliminary evidence that media campaigns are valuable in promoting suicide prevention hotlines to Veteran households by reporting data from 2526 telephone surveys. Findings from this study underscore the need for further investigation of the use of media campaigns to support suicide prevention initiatives aimed at Veteran populations.

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