Social Technology, Mental Health Support and Suicide Prevention in Veteran and Military Populations: A Survey

Social Technology, Mental Health Support and Suicide Prevention in Veteran and Military Populations:
A Survey



Authors: Melissa Bottrell, PhD, MPH; Tara Fannon, PhD; Kate Gorman, LCSW; Nikky R. Greer, PhD; Kathleen McHugh, MPH, PMP; Wendy Opsahl, PhD; Michelle Winkler, PhD, MPH; Anne Wright



Published 6.8.23

More than half of the 5.2 million Veterans who have a mental health issue are not using mental health services, and one in four Service members has a mental health issue that could go untreated for fear of ending their careers.

Aptive teamed up with Artemis ARC, our Mentor-Protégé partner, to ask Veterans and Military members about which modern technologies, particularly artificial intelligence, they would use or recommend to others for mental health and suicide prevention support.

This report details the study’s results and shares important perspectives, concerns and recommendations about exploring the potential for using social technology to expand the availability of mental health support for this population.

Aptive Veterans Experience Council

The Aptive Veterans Experience Council (VXC) is a group of Veterans, active-duty Service members, National Guard members and Reservists who serve as advisors to help Aptive and Artemis ARC improve services for the Veteran community through philanthropic, corporate and client engagement.

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About Artemis ARC

Artemis ARC is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business that fuses traditional marketing techniques with technology and data science to motivate and influence target audiences. Our creative strategists, technologists and futurists challenge the conventional approaches to outreach to simulate change and modernize the customer experience.

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About Aptive

Aptive provides industry-leading consulting services to the federal government. Led by CEO Rachele Cooper, a Navy Veteran and aerospace engineer, we have expertise in business transformation, digital solutions, health services and marketing/communications. We support some of the most innovative and inspiring programs across the government, helping to improve performance, connect with people and navigate change. Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, our hundreds of employees across the country are committed to shaping the future as we have for the last decade.