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Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Suicide Prevention

Updated: 17 May 2016

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Rocky Mountain Short Takes on Suicide Prevention: The Microbiome and Suicide Prevention

16 May 2016

In this podcast Adam Hoffberg (and @adamhoffberg) interviews Dr. Christopher A Lowry (and @CALowryPhD) about his work studying the relationship between stress resilience and the microbiome. Dr. Lowry is with the University of Colorado Boulder, Department of Integrative Physiology, and the Center for Neuroscience, as well as co-Director for the Military and Veteran Microbiome: Consortium for Research and Education (and @MVM_CoRE). Dr. Lowry is the senior author on a publication in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science . The article is titled “Immunization with a heat-killed preparation of the environmental bacterium Mycobacterium vaccae promotes stress resilience in mice.” Listen how the this article with it's complex title is turned into something understandable.

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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; Microbiome; Stress Resilience

RM MIRECC Team Lead by Alexandra Schneider Publish in Frontiers in Psychiatry

19 April 2016

Alexandra Schneider lead a team of seven at Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Suicide Prevention on the publication of "Responses to Traumatic Brain Injury Screening Questions and Suicide Attempts among Those Seeking Veterans Health Administration Mental Health Services". The study suggests that among those seeking mental health services, individuals who screen positive for a history of TBI using the TBI-4 are at increased risk for suicide attempt during the 1-year period following intake. The TBI-4 is a series of four questions:

  1. Have you ever been hospitalized or treated in an emergency room following a head or neck injury?;
  2. Have you ever been knocked out or unconscious following an accident or injury?;
  3. Have you ever injured your head or neck in a car accident or from some other moving vehicle accident?; and
  4. Have you ever injured your head or neck in a fight or fall?

The article is available online at the Frontiers in Psychiatry website.

Rocky Mountain Short Takes on Suicide Prevention Nature and determinants of suicidal ideation among U.S. Veterans

18 April 2016

Welcome to our fifth RM Short Takes podcast. This week Adam Hoffberg interviews Dr. Noelle Smith. Dr. Smith is a clinical psychologist at the Tampa VA and affiliated with the VA National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. She specializes in working with Veterans with PTSD and is the lead author on a recent publication in the Journal of Affective Disorders. The article will appear in the June 2016 print edition and is titled “Nature and determinants of suicidal ideation among U.S. Veterans: Results from the national health and resilience in Veterans study.” Listen to Dr. Smith discuss the article and it's importance to the field of suicide prevention.

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; Veteran

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

Rocky Mountain Short Takes on Suicide Prevention Sleep-Wake Disturbance

30 March 2016

Welcome to our fourth RM Short Takes podcast. This week Adam Hoffberg interviews Dr. Ellyn Matthews on her article "A Qualitative Study of Sleep-Wake Disturbance Among Veterans With Post-Acute Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury." Ellyn is now invested in Elizabeth Stanley Cooper Endowed Chair in Oncology Nursing at the University of Arkansas after a great stint with Rocky Mountain MIRECC. In this podcast she discusses the effect sleep-wake disturbance can have on Veterans with moderate to severe TBI.

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; Sleep-Wake Disturbance

RM MIRECCs Salt Lake City Research Team Publishes One of the Best Articles of 2015!

25 March 2016

The prestigious American Journal of Epidemiology (AJE) and the Society for Epidemiologic Research has named the article “Acute Air Pollution Exposure and Risk of Suicide Completion” one of the Journal’s 2015 Articles of the Year!

The article written by Amanda V. Bakian, Rebekah S. Huber, Hilary Coon, Douglas Gray, Phillip Wilson, William M. McMahon and Perry F. Renshaw "examined the associations between short-term exposure to nitrogen dioxide, particulate matter, and sulfur dioxide and completed suicide in Salt Lake County, Utah (n = 1,546) from 2000 to 2010." The findings indicate a "positive associations between air pollution and suicide appear to be consistent across study locations with vastly different meteorological, geographical, and cultural characteristics."

The article can be found online here.

RMIRECC Short Takes Podcast - Response to "Is it time to abandon suicide risk assessment"

16 March 2016

Welcome to our third RM Short Takes podcast. This week Adam Hoffberg interviews Dr. Peter Gutierrez about an editorial by Dr Declan Murray in the British Journal of Psychiatry Open (DOI: 10.1192/bjpo.bp.115.002071) in which Dr Murray discusses abandoning suicide risk assessment. As you might expect, the answer is not a simple yes or no.

The podcast is approximately 14 minutes long.

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

Categories: Suicide Prevention; Clinicians; Suicide Risk Assessment

Brain Injury Awareness Month & Sleep Awareness Week: Two articles in The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation from RM MIRECC Researchers

11 March 2016

Today the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation published two articles written by our researchers.

The first is A Qualitative Study of Sleep–Wake Disturbance Among Veterans With Post–Acute Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury by Ellyn E. Matthews, PhD, AOCNS, CBSM, FAAN (now at the University of Arkansas); Gina M. Signoracci, PhD; Kelly Stearns-Yoder, BA; and Lisa A. Brenner, PhD, ABPP. In this article the researchers conducted a qualitative study, meaning they spoke to 19 Veterans about their experience with Sleep-Wake Disturbance (SWD). One outcome is the need for early and routine evaluation, monitoring and treatment of SWD. Learn more.

The second article is Actigraphic and Sleep Diary Measures in Veterans With Traumatic Brain Injury: Discrepancy in Selected Sleep Parameters by Sarra Nazem, PhD; Jeri E. Forster, PhD; Lisa A. Brenner, PhD, ABPP; and Ellyn E. Matthews, PhD, AOCNS, CBSM, FAAN (now at the University of Arkansas). This article examined how well a person's sleep diary matched a data collection tool, a sleep actigraphy. There appears to be a "notable mismatch" between what a person records in their sleep diary and what a tool records. This means that we must be careful relying on one or the other. Learn more.

Categories: TBI; Sleep Disturbance

RMIRECC Short Takes Podcast - Military Sexual Trauma and Suicide

22 February 2016

Join us for our second episode of RMIRECC Short Takes when we interview Dr. Lindsey Monteith about her two recent articles exploring military sexual trauma "Sexual Trauma and Combat During Deployment: Associations With Suicidal Ideation Among OEF/OIF/OND Veterans" and "A Closer Examination of Sexual Trauma During Deployment: Not all Sexual Traumas are Associated with Suicidal Ideation".

The podcast is approximately 20 minutes long.

Categories: Suicide Prevention; Clinicians; Military Sexual Trauma

RMIRECC Short Takes Podcast - Risk Factors, Warning Signs, and Drivers of Suicide

10 February 2016

Listen to our first podcast with Adam Hoffberg interviewing Dr. Peter Gutierrez regarding his latest publication "Risk Factors, Warning Signs, and Drivers of Suicide: What Are They, How Do They Differ, and Why Does It Matter?" in Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior.

Resources:

The podcast is approximately 26 minutes long.

Categories: Suicide Prevention; Clinicians

The Denver VA and Rocky Mountain MIRECC Begin Research on Exoskeleton

20 January 2016

Research is beginning on an exoskeleton suit donated by SoldierStrong, a nonprofit that provides advanced medical technologies to veterans, to see what benefits, physically and psychologically, there may be. Dr. Lisa Brenner, Director of Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Suicide Prevention will lead the research in partnership with University of Colorado School of Medicine Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Channel 9News covered the event and has video and a story. And the Denver Post also did a nice write up.

Categories: Traumatic Brain Injury; Veterans

 

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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.