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Early Alert is delivering preventative support for populations at high risk for mental health issues and suicide. The platform uses both automated, confidential text messaging and human clinical care to conduct weekly individual check-ins with all subscribed Veterans, including Veterans who are not connected to VA. As the majority of Veterans who died by suicide in 2021 were not recently engaged in VHA services or VBA benefits, expanding upstream interventions is a VA priority—and scaling supportive check-in services will help reach Veterans before they are in crisis.

Creating proactive, individual wellness checks

Through weekly individual check-ins, Early Alert can connect Veterans to the right local and national support resources—up to and including 24/7 live counseling—at the right time. Early Alert’s approach bypasses many of the roadblocks that keep Veterans from accessing resources at earlier stages of distress; those roadblocks often include lack of familiarity with available resources or low confidence in the relevance of available resources. 

The team’s goal is to proactively connect Veterans in early stages of distress with real people and tailored resources while leveraging automation to increase impact at scale. De-identified aggregate data provides VA staff with a population-level wellness dashboard to support VA monitoring, evaluation, and research regarding wellness policies and programming.

What comes next: Partnering to pilot with Veterans

Early Alert has earned the trust of more than 40 academic programs, who use Early Alert to protect and support the wellness of their students, including Veterans. Early Alert is now identifying VA sites to test their solution locally and nationally, with the goal of evaluating the customizations needed to best meet Veteran and VA needs. 

Milestones and news 

  • May 2024: Early Alert deployed at the Middle Tennessee State University.
  • April 2024: Early Alert deployed at the Midwestern University Graduate Medical Education Consortium.
  • January 2024: Early Alert deployed at the Florida State University College of Medicine (Medical School).
  • September 2023: Early Alert deployed at the Marquette University School of Dentistry.
  • August 2023: Early Alert deployed at Florida State College of Pharmacy and the Saint Louis University Physician Assistant Program.
  • July 2023: Early Alert deployed at the California Health Sciences University College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, the Geisinger School of Graduate Education, and the Geisinger School of Nursing.
  • June 2023: Early Alert deployed at the Central Michigan University College of Medicine, the Florida State University College of Medicine (Graduate Medical Education), the Lake Granbury Medical Center, and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville.
  • October 2022: Early Alert deployed at the Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy.

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Are you a Veteran having thoughts of suicide or concerned about one?
Contact the Veterans Crisis Line for confidential 24/7 support: Dial 988 then press 1, text to 838255, or chat online.