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  Rocky Mountain MIRECC

 

The mission of the Rocky Mountain 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 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.

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The Training:
Co-occurring TBI and Mental Health Symptoms
is available online!

The Co-occurring TBI and Mental Health Symptoms held Wednesday, September 3, 2014 has been recorded and is now available online.

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.

To see the presentations visit the TBI Toolkit and click the Resources tab »



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Updated: 27 April 2015

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Centre for Suicide Prevention (CSP) Toolkits

CSP has developed resource toolkits specifically highlighting certain populations including: Military/Veterans, teens, elderly, men, indigenous, substance use disorders and children. Learn more

 


REALifelines

The Recovery and Employment Assistance Lifelines (REALifelines) initiative is a joint project of the U.S. Department of Labor, the Bethesda Naval Medical Center and the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. It will create a seamless, personalized assistance network to ensure that seriously wounded and injured service members who cannot return to active duty are trained for rewarding new careers in the private sector.

 


Suicide Prevention:
A Guide for Military and Veteran Families

If you think a loved one is suicidal, you may be feeling scared and helpless. But you and other family members are often able to tell when a loved one is in crisis, because you know that person best. And there are ways you can help. This guide will help you recognize when someone is at risk for suicide and understand the actions you can take to help.

 


Virtual Hope Box

The Virtual Hope Box (VHB) is a smartphone application designed for use by patients and their behavioral health providers as an accessory to treatment. The VHB contains simple tools to help patients with coping, relaxation, distraction, and positive thinking.

Patients and providers can work together to personalize the VHB content on the patient's own smartphone according to the patient's specific needs. The patient can then use the VHB away from clinic, continuing to add or change content as needed.

The VHB provides help with emotional regulation and coping with stress via personalized supportive audio, video, pictures, games, mindfulness exercises, positive messages and activity planning, inspirational quotes, coping statements, and other tools.

 


Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is a valuable resource that can make a difference in the lives of the more than 22 million veterans, their families, and the communities they live in.

Family members and personnel working with military and families are often not aware of how to engage veterans with mental illnesses and addictions. In addition to the impact of military service on the veteran, each has a circle of family (significant other, children, parents, siblings, etc.) and friends who are also impacted by their military service.

 


About Face

Learn about posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from Veterans who live with it every day. Hear their stories. Find out how treatment turned their lives around.

AboutFace is a website dedicated to improving the lives of Veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Here, Veterans can learn about PTSD, explore treatment options and, most importantly, hear real stories from other Veterans and their family members and get advice from clinicians who have treated thousands of cases of PTSD.

 


Warrior Canine Connection

Warrior Canine Connection enlists recovering Warriors in a therapeutic mission of learning to train service dogs for their fellow Veterans. Warrior Canine Connection is a pioneering organization that utilizes clinically based Canine Connection Therapy to help wounded Warriors reconnect with life, their families, their communities, and each other.

MUST SEE: The Warrior Connection Puppy Cam!

 


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Contact

Rocky Mountain MIRECC - Denver
1055 Clermont Street, Denver, CO 80220
VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System
303-399-8020 Ext. 5275

Rocky Mountain MIRECC - Salt Lake City
500 Foothill Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah 84148
VA Salt Lake City Health Care System
801-582-1565 Ext. 2821