September is Suicide Prevention Month
Suicide Prevention Month is an opportunity to increase public awareness of the risks for suicide, provide information about the resources available to aid someone in crisis, and show how individuals, organizations, and communities can work together to save lives.
The TBI Toolkit
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a significant public health concern. This toolkit provides mental health clinicians necessary information to address the needs of Veterans/Military Personnel with a history of TBI and co-occurring mental health conditions.
The mission of the VISN 19 MIRECC (Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center) is to study suicide with the goal of reducing suicidal ideation and behaviors in the Veteran population. Towards this end, the work of the VISN 19 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 VISN 19 MIRECC is: Veterans, their families, and the VHA will have increased information and options to make health decisions aimed at decreasing suicide risk.
The Co-occurring TBI and Mental Health Symptoms held Wednesday, September 3, 2014 is being recorded and will soon be available online.
Email Joe Huggins (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you want a note when the online presentation is available.
The TBI Toolkit is a web-based toolkit that provides resources for identifying, assessing, and treating traumatic brain injury (TBI) and co-occurring behavioral health conditions. This toolkit was designed for use with Veterans and can also be used when treating non-Veterans.
Updated: 19 September 2014
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Veterans’ Families United is an all-volunteer organization that connects “Veterans and their families to compassionate resources.” These include virtual as well as real world resources, with a “Connect by State” listing that links Vets to local/regional sources of assistance. Online tools cover many topics, from medical to housing and legal, mental health, finances, and benefits. Wellness resources introduce additional options for Veterans and families, with descriptions and links to local connections for alternatives such as meditation, therapy dogs, and equine therapy.
Google’s Veterans Channel, hosted by You Tube, provides a place where Veterans and those who care about Veterans alike may contribute to a video story about service. Three main pages (Transition Tips, Veterans’ Voices, and Tributes) highlight Veteran contributions, challenges, and experiences, as well as thanks from across the U.S.
Team River Runner (TRR), established in August 2004 by kayakers in the Washington, DC area, is a primarily volunteer non-profit organization run by a council of kayakers and overseen by a board of directors. TRR was initially established to help active duty military personnel wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan who were recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. With the success there obvious and the opportunity elsewhere apparent, TRR expanded to other Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) chapter sites in 2007.
The STAR Well-Kit: Tools for Healing (‘Simple Tools to Aid and Restore’) is a web-based toolkit for learning about wellness practices and Integrative Medicine tools for Veterans. The toolkit features Veterans describing their experiences of how Integrative Medicine tools and techniques may help. You can also follow along with brief demonstrations of various practices.
The STAR Well-Kit was created by the Veteran’s Health Administration’s (VHA) War Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC) with funding and support from the Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation (OPCC&CT).
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