Operation Deep Dive has reached a major milestone. Tabatha Maddox, Research Assistant for Charlotte NC, conducted our very first suicide loss survivor interview in mid-July. Once more interviews are completed and analysis is conducted, the Operation Deep Dive team will be sharing key findings with the community.
Another great success for the community is that the Service Member, Veteran, & Family (SMVF) Suicide Prevention Workgroup in Charlotte, NC, conducted three major meetings in June and July related to suicide prevention and Operation Deep Dive:
- On June 12th, Charlotte’s suicide prevention action plan was updated during a SAMHSA site visit. The study is now one of six priorities for veteran suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention.
- On June 27th, Operation Deep Dive joined in with Housing Our Heroes and the Metrolina Housing Collaborative to discuss the connection between homelessness and veteran suicide. Community service providers learned that major risk factors for veteran homelessness and suicide appear to be the same, and data from a 2018 study—e.g. higher suicidality rates exist among veterans with lived experience of homelessness compared with those without—anchored the discussion.
- On July 17th, Leah Taylor from America’s Warrior Partnership came to participate and present at the VA Community Veteran Engagement Board meeting. Leah provided an information session to expand community awareness of the project, and Tabatha outlined the process for community partner referrals to the study.