Have you or a loved one ever served in the military?
It’s a simple question, and yet this quick, pre-screening measure can have significant impact on client retention and outcomes. Why is this such a critical inquiry at intake - and how can you use this information to guide the therapeutic process and provide quality care?
The Importance of Screening
- Suicides among current and former service members decreased from 2015 to 2016 (7663 to 7298).
- In the same period, veteran-specific suicide decreased from 6281 to 6079.
- The unadjusted suicide rate for veterans is 30.1/100,000.
- Suicide rates are highest among veterans age 18 to 34. While overall suicide rates declined, this is one age group that continues to increase.
- Veterans make up eight percent of the general population but account for 14 percent of all suicides.
- Have you ever served in the military?
- Have you served in the Reserves or National Guard?
- Has a close family member/partner/spouse ever served in the military?
- What dates did you serve?
- When did you leave the military (if you have)?
- Were you deployed?
- Did you serve in combat?
- Is there anything you would like to tell me about your service?