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Rocky Mountain MIRECC for VA Suicide Prevention

 

Updated: 30 November 2016

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Rocky Mountain Short Takes on Suicide Prevention: From Elementary School to Retirement: Suicide Prevention Throughout the Life Cycle

30 November 2016

Richard Egan shares his professional journey, which spans 26 years’ service with the Air Force (starting with munitions, “bombs and bullets”) to Suicide Prevention Training and Outreach Facilitator, Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Suicide Prevention. Nevada represents the only State to reduce (by a small amount) suicide rates from 1999 – 2014, while the rest of the nation increased upwards of 24%. How did they achieve this result? Mr. Egan describes a comprehensive life cycle approach, starting with social-emotional learning in elementary school, to supporting older residents, many of whom have left family/friends behind in other states. This podcast also highlights Nevada’s access to lethal means’ programs, proactively reaching and training community members that may come in contact with at-risk individuals.

Supporting material:

The podcast is approximately 40 minutes long.

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

Categories: Suicide Prevention, Firearm Safety

Rocky Mountain Short Takes on Suicide Prevention: LGBTQ and Suicide Prevention: Challenges and Opportunities

2 November 2016

Adam spoke with Dr. John Blosnich a research health scientist with the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System and an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. John discusses his work with Veterans from the Transgender community. The work being done within the VA may surprise some and should cause us all a beacon of hope.

Supporting material:

The podcast is approximately 20 minutes long.

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

Categories: Suicide Prevention

Rocky Mountain Short Takes on Suicide Prevention: Talking to T2 about Mental Health Apps

19 October 2016

Adam talks this week with Dr. Julie Kinn from The National Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2), a Department of Defense organization that evaluates new technologies for tele-mental health. T2 has put out lots of mobile apps focusing on the mental needs of Veterans, caregivers, service members and clinicians. The apps have been remarkably popular and useful. Adam explores the process of creating evidence-based apps that are fun, easy to use and beneficial.

Supporting material:

The podcast is approximately 30 minutes long.

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

Categories: Suicide Prevention

Rocky Mountain Short Takes on Suicide Prevention: PTSD and the ICU Nurse: Bolstering Resiliency in the Helping Professions

5 October 2016

Adam interviews a new addition to the Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Suicide Prevention team, Dr. Meredith Mealer. Meredith as done important work studying the high prevalence of PTSD in ICU nurses. Her work has found that ICU nurses suffer from PTSD at a rate comparable to soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Dr. Mealer's research has also provided steps that nurses and ALL helping professionals can take that have proven to bolster resilience. The work is important for all in the helping field.

Supporting material:

The podcast is approximately 21 minutes long.

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

Categories: Suicide Prevention

See Dr. Pete Gutierrez's Latest Publication: Are Military/Veterans Affected by Suicide?

3 October 2016

The article in the Journal of Affective Disorders published an online version of "Exploring the Association between Exposure to Suicide and Suicide Risk among Military Service Members and Veterans" which Dr. Pete Gutierrez co-authored with Melanie A. Hom, Ian H. Stanley, Thomas E. Joiner Jr.. The article explores the impact of suicide exposure among service memvers and Veterans. Studies have indicated the devastating affect of suicide within families and the article describes how the same may be true for a military population.

The article was released online 28 September 2016 where you can read more.

 

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.