In 2019, Home Base will launch a first-of-its-kind statewide Veteran suicide prevention campaign. Home Base will build a multidisciplinary coalition of community leaders who will work together to increase awareness, reduce risk and provide effective, evidence-based treatment and recovery for at-risk Veterans.
It is estimated that 1 in 3 Veterans returns home with an invisible wound of war including post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury and co-occurring substance use disorder. Only half of those at-risk receive any mental health treatment, and if left unaddressed, these invisible wounds can lead to an increased risk of suicide. Home Base is determined to reduce the number of Veteran deaths by suicide, saving lives by using prevention strategies that are guided by the gold standard evidence-based treatment of mental health care.
OBJECTIVE I: EXPAND THE NETWORK OF TRAINED CLINICIANS WHO PROVIDE EVIDENCE-BASED TREATMENT
Access to evidence-based care is one of the top challenges Veterans face. Home Base will expand its training efforts to increase the number of clinicians who are trained to identify & administer evidence-based treatments for the invisible wounds of war, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, to reduce the number of Veterans who are at-risk for suicide.
OBJECTIVE II: TRAIN FIRST RESPONDERS, HEALTH PROFESSIONALS, VETERAN SERVICE OFFICERS AND OTHER COMMUNITY STAKEHOLDERS
Home Base will train community stakeholders who are on the front lines to deepen their knowledge of the invisible wounds and mobilize the wide-spread effort of connecting at-risk Veterans to trusted mental health resources across the Commonwealth – improving care and outcomes for those affected by the invisible wounds.
OBJECTIVE III: CREATE A STATEWIDE REFERRAL NETWORK & OUTREACH CAMPAIGN TARGETING AT-RISK VETERANS
Home Base will partner with local and governmental organizations to establish a community-based referral network that will advocate for the importance of seeking mental health care, while eliminating stigma and connecting at-risk Veterans to clinical care.