Boston conference focuses on military suicides

March 15, 2011

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BOSTON—Hundreds of troops, veterans and caregivers are gathering in Boston this week for a conference on preventing military suicides.

The gathering, sponsored by the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs, focuses on the role of community programs to help active-duty, Reserve and National Guard troops as well as veterans who are struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts.

Participants are examining peer support services, including self-help groups, online forums and social media to help troubled veterans.

The conference, which runs through Thursday at the Hynes Convention Center, is designed to share practical tools and clinical practices to support veterans and their families.

In addition to service members and veterans, the conference is for social workers, counselors, researchers, physicians, clinicians, federal and other agencies.