mental health

Study pinpoints a veteran’s vulnerability

by Claudia Bustamante

More than 7,400 veterans commit suicide each year, or nearly 20 a day, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.* This rate, which has increased significantly in the past 10 years, has eluded explanation, though many point to a correlation between combat experience and mental health issues.

Researchers at USC believe they can now identify when veterans may be more prone to suicide, a first step in more effective prevention efforts.

The study, published online in Current Psychiatry Reports in June, found that veterans are more likely to take their own lives when they feel they have become a […]

By |July 25th, 2014|News, Research|0 Comments

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America honors USC professor for work with veterans, community

by Claudia Bustamante

Five years ago, Anthony Hassan left a military career to become the founding director of a social work center at the University of Southern California.

Today, both he and the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families at the USC School of Social Work are known for their mission to help veterans transition smoothly into their civilian communities.

In recognition of Hassan’s work over the years—especially in informing the military social work curriculum that aims to graduate students who can understand the unique challenges facing the military community—the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) presented him […]

By |May 19th, 2014|News|0 Comments