In this initiative, originally called the Suicide Prevention Grand Challenge, the VA initiative granted $20 million to reduce the Veteran Suicide rates. The goal is to get people to develop solutions to solve the high suicide rates in all populations, but the Veteran demographic is disproportionately high.
This mission calls on researchers, Veterans, service members, clinicians, health innovators, and technologists to collaborate on ways to help lower the Veteran suicide rates. Each Veteran goes through a different experience, either on active duty overseas or serving stateside. Each individual will have a different experience; therefore, each individual will require unique aid in recovery.
Suicide is preventable based on what the Veteran is experiencing at the time of contact and should filter through a system that has a solution fit for this particular Veteran. Mission Daybreak aims to “create an entire ecosystem of support for innovators and their solutions.” VA is serious about change and will do so with Mission Daybreak.
Here is the list of focus areas from the Mission Daybreak website:
- Utilizing digital footprint data from active and passive sources.
- Creating improved access to and efficiency of Veterans Crisis Line (VCL) services through technological innovations.
- Preventing firearm suicides and enhancing lethal means safety.
- Reaching all Veterans in need with the proper care, right-time, and right-place solutions.
- Improving community resilience and connection.
- Incorporating family and community into Veteran wellbeing.
- Supporting the transition from military service to civilian life.
- Addressing social determinants of health and wellbeing.
- Reducing barriers to asking for help.
- Other innovative solutions focused on areas not specified above.
How the initiative will start
Phase 1: invites individuals in the field to submit their concepts by 4:59 pm EDT on July 8, 2022. There will be 30 submissions chosen to move forward, each earning $250,000 for their ideas. Find more information here.
Phase 2: Accepted submissions will move on to this second phase which has detailed conditions to submit the final proposal by 4:59 pm on October 28, 2022. November of 2022 will be when the winners are announced. Two first-place winners will receive $3 million each and three second-place winners receiving $1 million each. There will also be five third-place winners receiving $500,000 each.
The Veterans Crisis Line provides three different options of communication:
- Calling the line: 1-800-273-8255, press 1
- Text 838255
- Chat online
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