OPERATION DEEP DIVE
America’s Warrior Partnership, University of Alabama researchers and the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation have partnered on a four-year research study that will examine the factors and potential causes involved in suicides and early mortality due to self-harm among military veterans.
OBJECTIVE & SCOPE
Operation Deep Dive is a community-based military veteran suicide prevention study taking place in 14 communities across the country. This four-year study is a partnership between America’s Warrior Partnership and researchers from the University of Alabama that is funded by a grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation.
The goal of Operation Deep Dive is to identify community factors that can develop an upstream approach to enhancing programs that improve the quality of life and reduce risk factors associated with veteran suicide and non-natural deaths.
Operation Deep Dive is the first research study of its kind to:
- Look at the impact of community environments on veterans.
- Look at the impact of less-than-honorable discharges on veteran suicides and non-natural deaths, as well as the differences in suicide rates between those who did and did not receive support services from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
- Include veterans with Honorable Discharge, Entry Level Separation (ELS), General Discharge – Under Honorable Conditions, Other Than Honorable Conditions Discharge, Bad Conduct Discharge (BCD), Officer Discharge, or Dishonorable Discharge.
- Include cases of non-natural deaths (overdose, asphyxiation, accidental gunshot, drowning, suicide by law enforcement, or high speed single driver accident) in addition to suicide, which will provide a more comprehensive view of self-destructive behaviors that can potentially prove fatal.
If you are a Service member or Veteran in crisis or you’re concerned about one:
Dial 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 or Send a text message to 838255