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Addressing the Perfect Storm: Veteran Suicide & COVID-19
In April, researchers from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs warned that our nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic could create a “perfect storm” of conditions that increase the risk of veteran suicide. Factors include the toll of growing economic stress and social isolation, barriers to mental health, and an increase in firearms sales. But has this grim prediction come to fruition? And how has the community responded to stem the growing rates and risks of veteran suicide in New York State?

In lieu of our annual veterans' health conference, please join NYSHealth for a two-part webinar series on November 16 and November 19 on addressing veteran suicide during the COVID-19 pandemic from a community perspective. Panelists will provide an overview of the risk factors, how they have impacted the veteran community during the pandemic, and community-based solutions that show promise for mitigating veteran suicide rates.

Each webinar will feature a 45-minute panel discussion followed by audience Q&A.


Part I (November 16, 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.)
Opening Remarks: David Sandman, President and CEO, NYSHealth
Moderator: Derek Coy, Veterans’ Health Officer, NYSHealth
• James Fitzgerald, Deputy Director, New York City Veterans Alliance
• Miguel Vasquez, Specialist, The Mission Continues
• Emma Moore, Research Associate for the Military, Veterans, and Society Program, Center for a New American Security


Part II (November 19, 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.)
Moderator: Derek Coy
• Cathy Barber, Senior Researcher at the Harvard School of Public Health’s Injury Research Center
• Hannah Sinoway, Executive Vice President of Organization Strategy & Engagement, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
• Chris Ford, Chief Executive Officer, Stop Soldier Suicide
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