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Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Suicide Prevention

Updated: 21 July 2016

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Dr. Sean Barnes Publishes in Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior Journal

21 July 2016

Dr. Sean Barnes is the lead author on “Moving Beyond Self-Report: Implicit Associations about Death/Life Prospectively Predict Suicidal Behavior among Veterans” a paper published online with several Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Suicide Prevention colleagues including Nazanin H. Bahraini PhD, Jeri E. Forster PhD, Kelly A. Stearns-Yoder BA and Trisha A. Hostetter MPH.

The paper explores suicide risk assessment, the limitations of self-report, and why advancing our understanding of objective ways to measure suicide risk is so important. Specifically it examines the predictive validity of the death/suicide Implicit Association Test (d/sIAT) as an objective measure of future risk. Matthew Nock, the senior author on this paper, has done ground-breaking work using the death/suicide Implicit Association Test which "assesses individuals’ unconscious associations between themselves and life and death."

See the online paper.

Read about Matthew Nock's work in the New York Times' story "The Suicide Detective".

Look for the Rocky Mountain Short Takes podcast dropping Wednesday, 27 July 2016.

Rocky Mountain Short Takes on Suicide Prevention: Combat Rush

13 July 2016

Joe Huggins interviews Dr. Lisa Betthauser about the concept of combat rush. Combat rush was first coined by Dr. Jim Grigsby from his work in the early 1990s with Viet Nam Veterans. Dr. Betthauser explores the role of risky behaviors in returning Veterans, the role of safety planning and possible positive psychological outlets.

Supporting material:

The podcast is approximately 22 minutes long.

You can subscribe to the RM Short Takes Podcast on iTunes or your favorite podcasts tool.

Categories: Suicide Prevention

Rocky Mountain Short Takes on Suicide Prevention: Validating the Interpersonal Theory of Suicide in a Veteran Population

29 June 2016

Adam interviews Dr. Bridget Matarazzo about using measures to test Dr. Joiner's Interpersonal Theory of Suicide. This episode is of particular interest for any clinician who works with Veterans. Dr. Matarazzo explores to recognize perceived burdensomeness and thwarted belongingness in the presence of acquired capability through psychometric tools. And how these tools have been validated for a Veteran population.

Supporting material:

The podcast is approximately 16 minutes long.

You can subscribe to the RM Short Takes Podcast on iTunes or your favorite podcasts tool.

Categories: Suicide Prevention

Six Training Videos: Suicide Assessment, Treatment and Management

30 March 2016

These six videos were part of a day long training that Sarra Nazem PhD, Nazanin Bahraini PhD and Lisa Brenner PhD did in October 2014 for mental health clinicians at the American Lake VAMC.

Topics included:

  1. Self-Directed Violence
  2. Suicide Risk Assessment
  3. Suicide Risk Stratification
  4. Suicide Risk Intervention Strategies
  5. Suicide Risk Safety Planning
  6. End of Life Issues

 

See previous posts from Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Suicide Prevention

Our Mission

The mission of the Rocky Mountain MIRECC (Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center) for Suicide Prevention is to study suicide with the goal of reducing suicidal ideation and behaviors in the Veteran population. Towards this end, the work of the Rocky Mountain MIRECC is focused on promising clinical interventions, as well as the cognitive and neurobiological underpinnings of suicidal thoughts and behaviors that may lead to innovative prevention strategies.

The vision of the Rocky Mountain MIRECC is: Veterans, their families, and the VHA will have increased information and options to make health decisions aimed at decreasing suicide risk.