SAVE THE DATE
2021 U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) / U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Biennial Suicide Prevention Conference
May 18 – 20, 2021
Virtual Conference Information
The 2021 DOD/VA Suicide Prevention Conference, jointly organized and hosted by the Department of Defense (DOD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), will take place virtually May 18-20, 2021.
This year’s theme – Make Every Connection Count: Putting the 7 Strategies for Suicide Prevention to Work – promotes a comprehensive approach to prevention, which uses evidence-informed programs, tools, and practices to foster connectedness, increase coping and problem-solving, create protective environments, and strengthen suicide care, among other efforts. Suicide prevention among our Service members, Veterans, and families is a top priority for the DOD and VA. As collaborations are key to preventing suicide, we must continue to collaborate across our agencies, as well as with other Federal agencies, nonprofits, academia, and in communities across the Nation to prevent suicide.
Due to coronavirus-related considerations and with an abundance of caution, this year’s conference will be hosted virtually.
The virtual format will still offer the same opportunities to:
- Discuss key insights on ways to leverage and implement the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s seven evidence-informed strategies to prevent suicide across the military and veteran communities;
- Share the latest evidence-informed practices for suicide prevention
- Listen and learn from keynote and luminary speakers
- Engage with community experts through virtual campfire sessions, lightning talks, and poster presentations
- Network with speakers and attendees via live chat and sessions, among other means