AI Technology Revolutionizes Suicide Prevention for Military Veterans

By Brad Anderson Brad Anderson has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team
Published on June 23, 2023

Veterans’ mental health and well-being continue to be a major issue in modern culture. Suicide is a major problem among this group, and new approaches are urgently needed to address the crisis. Artificial intelligence (AI) technology could be used to help spot veterans who are at danger of suicide and intervene before it’s too late. ClearForce, a technology business based in Vienna, Virginia, has created a revolutionary strategy to prevent veteran suicide that has the potential to save lives and transform the field.

There is an urgent need to address the epidemic of veteran suicides across the country. There are around 17 suicide fatalities each day among veterans, which is 1.5 times the rate among civilians, as reported by ClearForce and the VA. This startling number emphasizes the critical need for prompt detection and assistance for veterans experiencing mental health problems.

The ClearForce AI software can detect “insider risk and insider threat” from military veterans in the workplace. ClearForce uses AI to identify people who may be experiencing mental health issues and connect them with appropriate help as soon as possible. In order to discover early warning signs of mental health issues, the platform draws on decades of evidence and study from organizations including the Department of Defense, the Veterans Administration, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

ClearForce meticulously selects and refines training data for its artificial intelligence algorithms. The platform can now recognize users who may be at danger of suicide due to a string of incidents rather than just one. ClearForce recognizes the complexity and continuing nature of mental health challenges by adopting a dynamic approach to the problem.

While June is PTSD Awareness Month, ClearForce understands the necessity of continuing to help veterans year-round. ClearForce’s mission is to offer veterans who are experiencing mental health concerns constant help and resources, rather than focusing solely on one month. ClearForce aims to serve veterans at their time of greatest need by coordinating available resources and keeping lines of communication open.

ClearForce recognizes the merits of teamwork and the significance of information sharing in stopping the veteran suicide epidemic. In order to help veterans and government organizations, the company provides access to its AI-driven data. By working together, communities can intervene and support veterans early on, giving them the tools they need to take preventative actions against veteran suicide.

The California-based organization Blue Star Families has implemented its own measures to reduce military suicide. While they don’t use AI in their software, their mission is to aid veterans and their families by providing information and advocacy toolkits. They want to avoid tragedies and provide help to those struggling with mental health by reacting quickly to warning indicators.

While AI has the potential to dramatically improve suicide prevention efforts, it must be used carefully. Dr. Lindsay Knight, Blue Star Families’ executive vice president of social impact, stresses the importance of privacy safeguards in AI-supported initiatives. We should welcome AI for its potential benefits, but not at the expense of people’s right to privacy and independence.

Executive Director of Mission Roll Call and former Marine Cole Lyle recognizes the promise of AI in improving veteran healthcare solutions. Veterans, he says, should have the last say over their healthcare decisions. Veterans can get the care they need while also exercising agency over their health by working with physicians that appreciate their special circumstances.

Col. Michael Hudson of ClearForce encourages veterans to see their mental health struggles for what they are: an opportunity to grow and learn more about themselves. Like calling in supporting fires while on active duty, he urges veterans to reach out to their support networks for assistance. Military personnel can take charge of their lives and get the help they need for their mental health if they keep in touch with others and actively work to improve their own condition.

An important first step in tackling the mental health epidemic among military veterans is the employment of AI technology in suicide prevention efforts. ClearForce’s cutting-edge platform is a prime example of how AI may be used to detect and aid suicidal people. The potential for AI to transform suicide prevention is within grasp if we work with groups like Blue Star Families and put privacy and individual liberty first. AI has the potential to save lives and aid veterans’ mental health with further study, development, and use.

First reported on: Fox News

Originally published on ReadWrite.

By Brad Anderson Brad Anderson has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team

Brad Anderson is a syndicate partner and columnist at Grit Daily. He serves as Editor-In-Chief at ReadWrite, where he oversees contributed content. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase.

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