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1.  Veterans Crisis Line Callers With and Without Prior VHA Service Use 
This study examines differences between Veterans with and without prior Veterans Health Administration service use who received a clinical referral from the Veterans' Crisis Line. Approximately 91% of Veterans had a history of service use and 9% did not. Callers with prior service use were older, had more mental health disorders, made in-person contact more quickly, and used more outpatient mental healthcare. Those without prior service use were younger, had more mental health problems, and presented for care later. Callers with suicide-related diagnoses had high rates of service contact. These groups represent different subpopulations with unique healthcare needs and practices.
doi:10.1080/13811118.2015.1017681
PMCID: PMC5064429  PMID: 26649615
Veterans; suicide; telephone counseling
2.  Mental Health and Self-directed Violence Among Student Service Members/Veterans in Postsecondary Education 
Objectives
Using a sample of student service members/veterans, the current study aimed to examine the prevalence of psychiatric diagnoses and suicide-related outcomes and the association of hazardous duty with mental health.
Participants
Data are from the Fall 2011 National College Health Assessment (n=27,774).
Methods
Logistic regression was used to examine (1) the association of student service member/veteran status with mental health outcomes and (2) the association of hazardous duty with mental health outcomes among student service members/veterans (n=706).
Results
Student service members/veterans had higher odds of self-harm than students without military experience. Among student service members/veterans, hazardous duty was positively associated (OR=2.00, 95% CI: 1.30–3.07) with having a psychiatric diagnosis but negatively associated (OR=0.41, 95% CI: 0.20–0.85) with suicidal ideation.
Conclusions
Self-harm may be a unique phenomenon among service members/veterans. Suicide prevention with this population should include information about self-harm, and future research should explore whether suicidal intent underlies self-harm.
doi:10.1080/07448481.2014.931282
PMCID: PMC4263812  PMID: 24918517
veterans health; mental health; suicidal ideation; attempted suicide; self injurious behavior

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