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VA Suicide Hotlines Abandoned – source National Review On-Line
World Suicide Prevention Week recently came and went invisibly-again. Society these days seems more emotionally investing in facilitating suicides of the ill and disabled than preventing theirs and those of other despairing people. But preventing the suicides of our military veterans has been one of the few exceptions, with a great deal of time and energy devoted the prevention cause.
Alas, VA bureaucrats apparently remain indifferent to the suicide prevention cause with 1/3 of the calls to hotlines going unanswered. According to a CBS story:
– More than one-third of calls to a suicide hotline for troubled veterans are not being answered by front-line staffers because of poor work habits and other problems at VA, according to the hotline’s former director.
– Some hotline workers handle fewer than five calls per day and leave before their shifts end, even as crisis calls have increased sharply in recent years, said Greg Hughes, the former director of V A’s V eterans Crisis Line.
– Hughes said in an internal email that some crisis line staffers “spend very little time on the phone or engaged in assigned productive activity.” Coverage at the crisis line suffers “because we have staff that routinely request to leave early,” he said.
Is it any wonder people are rapidly losing faith in our institutions?
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This should be a national disgrace.
22 military suicides per day was number I’ve heard.
This should be SOMEBODY’S priority.
If not DOD, then VA.
I know, let stop creating these cases, by bringing all the girls, boys, women, and men home now!
(We have so many UNCARING politicians and bureaucrats to send in their place if it’s really needed!)
Dona Nobis Pacem
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