The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers large prizes for suicide prevention ideas
Leo Sher, M.D.
On Wednesday, May 25, 2022, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) announced the launch of Mission Daybreak, a $20 million program designed to help the VA develop new suicide prevention strategies (1,2). The aim of the program is to get a lot of new ideas on how to better help and support veterans. As the nation’s largest integrated healthcare system, VA is leveraging knowledge and experience from private-sector, nonprofit, and government collaborators to support this ambitious mission.
The DVA will award cash prizes for the best 40 ideas in coming months. The top 30 ideas will each be awarded $250,000, and 10 others $100,000 each. The top 30 will also be invited to join an eight-week virtual accelerator program to help individuals improve the ideas, with additional cash prizes (including two first-place awards of $3 million) to be given out in the fall 2022.
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Mission Daybreak. URL: https://www.missiondaybreak.net/about-mission-daybreak/
- Shane L. VA offers $3 million prize for ideas to stop veteran suicides. Military Times, May 25, 2022. URL: https://www.militarytimes.com/veterans/2022/05/25/va-offers-3-million-prize-for-ideas-to-stop-veteran-suicides/