How important is it to get veterans talking about the mental health? It’s absolutely critical, and i think one of the beauties of Next Chapter is that we are all veterans ourselves.. Funded by House bill. 21 1, 29. Aimed at combating veteran suicide. Next Chapter opened at UC Health last summer. Next Chapter came about because El Paso County was having year-over-year increases and suicide nets. Veterans community, and the time period from 20 to 21, the rate of suicide in veterans jumped by almost 10% from around 21% the previous year to around 31% the next year. Since then, a 5% decrease. So it’s creating stability through housing, and family support, and careers access, in the hopes that it leads to a help in your mental health state. In the hopes that removing those everyday stressors, will help.