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Mental Health Screenings

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For various reasons, 44% of military, veteran, National Guard, and Reserve family respondents who reported experiencing suicidal thoughts or attempts did not seek help after their most recent incident. Of those currently serving respondents who did not seek help, 48% reported that one reason they chose not to seek professional help for the most recent incident of suicidal thoughts or attempts was fear that it would hurt their careers or the careers of their service member. There is an opportunity for suicide prevention efforts to shift messaging from a mental health concern, which relies on the individual to seek services, to a public health issue. This could begin with screening during routine health care appointments for military families.