Life after loss: Comparing student service member/veteran and civilian mental health characteristics among individuals exposed to death by suicide

Jason Chen, Melanie L. Bozzay, Maureen F. Monahan, Kim Gryglewicz, Gabriela Romero, Lindsey H. Steding, La Donna L. Gleason, Marc S. Karver

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Objective: This study evaluated the mental health characteristics and beliefs of student service members/veterans (SSM/Vs) who have been exposed to another’s death by suicide. Participants: A total of 39 SSM/Vs exposed to suicide and 32 SSM/Vs not exposed to suicide were sampled from a larger, epidemiological survey. An age- and gender-matched group of 39 civilian (C) students was drawn from a larger sample of individuals exposed to suicide. Methods: Data were collected as part of an Internet-based, campus needs survey that occurred in Fall 2014. Participants were asked to complete measures about suicide-related behaviors, suicide prevention, help-seeking, and demographics. Results: SSM/Vs exposed to suicide had more positive mental health/suicide prevention beliefs than SSM/Vs not exposed to suicide. Cs exposed to suicide were not significantly different from either group. Unique help-seeking patterns were also identified. Conclusions: The current study identifies unique characteristics of SSM/Vs exposed to suicide that may inform prevention programming.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of American College Health
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018



  • Counseling
  • health education
  • mental health
  • suicide
  • veterans

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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