Upstate South Carolina Update

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This post features a local update from Upstate South Carolina provided to us by the local research assistant, Alice Yatsenyuk. 

Upstate South Carolina Operation Deep Dive is moving full speed ahead in the New Year. The study’s Community Action Team is composed of vested members whose collective passion is to dive directly in pursuit of identifying the risk factors that are lending our veterans to death by suicide. 

Veteran death by suicide is personal for many of our Community Action Team members. Unfortunately, it is our common ground and we hope and strive to take the darkness of that common ground and use it for the good of those veterans who are at risk. Our message to them is unwavering. We want our veterans in Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson, Pickens and Oconee counties to know that we are searching for you and seeking the risk factors that will place us directly in your pathway.  

A second crucial fold of our study, is to utilize the data to guide the development of veteran service organizations and community partners in best practices. This will enable the Upstate SC Operation Deep Dive team to render a multitude of services to families who have already suffered the loss of their beloved veteran. 

We function as an open group, this means that anyone that has common ground with us and is passionate about finding solutions for our veterans is welcome to join us at any monthly meeting. 

Highlights of the last few months:

  • Heightened Operation Deep Dive’s visibility in our community through conducting interviews with The Greenville Journal and WSPA news channel 7 about our study objectives 
  • Partnered with Greenville Police Department and Victim Rights Advocates to collaborate on community resources, military training, and deepen understanding of emergency protocols during crisis events involving veterans 
  • United Way Executive Directors in five counties have endorsed and provided representatives to serve on our team 
  • Greenville and Spartanburg county coroners have forwarded the Data Security Agreements to their county attorney offices for review and completion 
  • Welcomed local clergy, Mental Health of America Greenville County, CPT SC Army National Guard, and private counseling providers to our growing team 
  • Received access to conference room space and equipment provided by Greenville Hospital Systems and the GHS Military and Government Liaison Office 

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