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Rocky Mountain MIRECC for VA Suicide Prevention

Updated: 24 August 2016

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Rocky Mountain Short Takes on VA Suicide Prevention: Getting the Word out about Suicide Prevention

24 August 2016

Dr. Nazanin Bahraini, Director of Education for the Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Suicide Prevention discusses VA Suicide Prevention research and how we make that research accessible for clinicians and Veterans. Nasi talks about the movement in VA Suicide Prevention research from her days as a psychology fellow where the research focused on down-river approaches to today where there the approaches run a wider range from community to environmental. She touches on the future, VA Suicide Prevention month and the 22 Pushup Challenge (have you done challenge yet!).

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The podcast is approximately 25 minutes long.

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

Categories: Suicide Prevention, Microbiome

Rocky Mountain Short Takes on VA Suicide Prevention: The Microbiome, Old Friends and Getting Outside

11 August 2016

This week Adam interviews Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Hoisington, Ph.D., P.E., M.SAME, USAF, an Assistant Professor, and Environmental Engineering Division Chief, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, U.S. Air Force Academy. He is also one of the principle investigators with the Military and Veteran Microbiome: Consortium for Research and Education (MVM-CoRE). Dr. Hoisington is the author on numerous publications in the fields of the microbiota, immunoregulation, and mental health, including lead author on a publication in the journal Microbiome, and author on a recent publication in Current Environmental Health Reports.

Supporting material:

The podcast is approximately 25 minutes long.

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

Categories: Suicide Prevention, Microbiome

Teodor T. Postolache, MD: Infection and Risk of Death by Suicide

10 August 2016

Dr. Postolache is the co-author published online entitled "A Nationwide Cohort Study of the Association Between Hospitalization With Infection and Risk of Death by Suicide." Dr. Postolache splits his time working as a professor of psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Military and Veteran Microbiome: Consortium for Research and Education at the Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Suicide Prevention. The study the article is based upon followed over seven million Danish residents for 32 years (1980 - 2011) "To estimate the association between hospitalization with infection and the risk of death by suicide." The findings indicate some association.

Read the full article for free on the JAMA Psychiatry website.

Read a related interview in LiveScience and the JAMA Psychiatry editorial "Ascertaining Whether Suicides Are Caused by Infections."

Annals of Epidemiology Publishes Article Co-Written by Dr. Lisa Brenner

1 August 2016

The article was written with John R. Blosnich, PhD, MPH, with the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Pittsburgh, PA and Robert M. Bossarte, PhD, with Post Deployment Health Service, Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC and the Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY. The title of the article is "Population mental health among U.S. military veterans: results of the Veterans Health Module of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2011–2012" and the reason it was written was to examine "mental health indicators" in a sample of U.S. military Veterans.

Read more on the Annals of Epidemiology website.

Rocky Mountain Short Takes on VA Suicide Prevention: Implicit Association Test between Death/Life and Suicide

27 July 2016

Adam Hoffberg interviews Dr. Sean Barnes about his paper “Moving Beyond Self-Report: Implicit Associations about Death/Life Prospectively Predict Suicidal Behavior among Veterans”. 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.

Supporting material:

The podcast is approximately 20 minutes long.

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

Categories: Suicide Prevention

Dr. Lindsey Monteith Publishes in Psychiatry Research

26 July 2016

Dr. Lindsey Monteith lead a team of Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Suicide Prevention colleagues including Nazanin H. Bahraini PhD, Bridget Matarazzo, PsyD, Kelly Soberay, MA, Jeri E. Forster, PhD, and Holly Gerber on a paper entitled "The Influence of Gender on Suicidal Ideation following Military Sexual Trauma among Veterans in the Veterans Health Administration."

In February 2016, Dr. Monteith recorded a podcast related to two of her publications on Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and suicidal ideation, listen to the podcast RMIRECC Short Takes Podcast - Risk Factors, Warning Signs, and Drivers of Suicide.

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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."

Read 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 VA 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 VA 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

 

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.