Brian E. Kinsella

Founder and CEO, Stop Soldier Suicide

Brian E. Kinsella is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Stop Soldier Suicide (SSS), a national veteran-led nonprofit organization determined to reduce the incidence rate of suicides among service members and veterans.

While on active duty, Kinsella encountered military suicide firsthand. Within a few months of his first assignment, one of his own soldiers attempted to take her own life. The suicide attempt was unsuccessful, but it made a lasting impact. Later, a fellow soldier successfully took his life only days before a deployment and Kinsella knew something must be done.

Concerned about the mental health implications of military service and the increasing suicide rate, Kinsella, along with a few dedicated veterans, founded Stop Soldier Suicide in 2010. The organization has created a national and community-based network of volunteers and partner organizations providing triage and alternative solutions for soldiers, veterans, and family members. SSS is also leading the awareness and outreach campaign to change the way soldiers and veterans think about mental health care and the stigma of receiving treatment.

Kinsella served as a United States Army officer with deployments to Baghdad, Iraq and Port-au-Prince, Haiti. His military awards include the Bronze Star, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Humanitarian Service Medal.

Kinsella is currently employed full time at a financial services firm in New York City. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University.