SVAC Holds Hearing on Suicide Prevention

VA Secretary Dr. Robert Shulkin recently testified before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee about suicide prevention and the VA’s “#BeThere” campaign. The new campaign encourages veterans and their families to reach out and offer support to someone who may be struggling with mental health conditions. During the hearing, Secretary Shulkin declared the VA wants to hire 1,000 additional mental health professionals to ensure veterans have timely access to mental health care. Shulkin identified the VA’s long hiring process and bureaucratic human resources requirements as barriers to hiring more high-quality mental health care professionals.

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