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Public messaging strategies to facilitate help seeking among those at high risk for both suicide and opioid overdose

2020 Young Investigator Grant
Amount Awarded: $89,951
Focus Area: Community Intervention Studies

Elizabeth Karras, Ph.D.
Department of Veterans Affairs

Mentor: Robert Bossarte, Ph.D., West Virginia University

Inside the Research

The risk for suicide is often higher among individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD). Veterans treated by the Veterans Health Administration are one high-risk group for both suicide and opioid use. To determine what public messaging strategies are effective at encouraging people at risk for both suicide and opioid overdose to disclose distress and seek out mental health treatment, VA patients will be interviewed and asked how they think and feel about different types of suicide prevention messages.