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Updated: 29 September 2016

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Dr. Meredith Mealer publishes "Moral Distress in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Nurses"

29 September 2016

Dr. Meredith Mealer has a new article in the Journal of Intensive Care Medicine titled "Moral Distress in ICU Nurses". This article explores the "complex and difficult work environment" within the ICU and how this can lead to moral distress. The idea of moral distress discussed in this article is akin to the podcast released just a week ago on moral injury.

Read Meredith's article on moral distress and then listen to Georgia Gerard's podcast on moral injury.

Also, coming next Wednesday, 5 October 2016, you can listen to Dr. Mealer's own podcast discussing PTSD in ICU nurses. Her podcast will help us understand how all in the caring field can experience PTSD. Best, she will share methods to build resilience for your self and colleagues!

Rocky Mountain Short Takes on Suicide Prevention: On Moral Injury and Suicide

21 September 2016

In this week's episode Adam discusses moral injury with Georgia Gerard, LCSW, a social worker at Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Suicide Prevention. Moral injury is distinct but can also overlap with PTSD. It is important to tease out the differences and then help the individual back to a a place of acceptance.

Supporting material:

The podcast is approximately 18 minutes long.

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

Categories: Suicide Prevention

RM MIRECC Researchers Appear in Utah PBS Video "Hope Lives: Preventing Teen Suicide"

16 September 2016

From our Salt Lake City Rocky Mountain MIRECC for VA Suicide Research office, Drs. Doug Gray and Perry Renshaw appear in an important PBS documentary on Teen Suicide. The documentaary was produced by KUED, the University of Utah's PBS channel. From the KUED website: "This timely KUED film on teen suicide in Utah highlights three stories — a promising young athlete who took his own life, a young man now in his late 20s who talks candidly about his suicide attempt as a teen, and a young transgender teen who also survived her suicide attempt with a reaffirmed desire to live."

Watch this wonderful production on KUED.

Dr. Doug Gray and Rocky Mountain MIRECCs SLC Team Publish Comparing Veterans and nonveteran Utah Suicide Decedents

9 September 2016

Dr. Douglas Gray along with Rocky Mountain MIRECC for VA Suicide Prevention Salt Lake City colleagues Erin McGlade and Deborah Yurgelun-Todd published "Male suspected suicide decedents in Utah: A comparison of Veterans and nonveterans" in the August edition of Comprehensive Psychiatry. The article explored differences between Veterans and nonveterans who died by suicide. Results included that Veterans were older at the time of death and they had more prior suicide attempts and greater access to firearms.

Read "Male suspected suicide decedents in Utah: A comparison of Veterans and nonveterans" for free.

Also, it is worth noting the Doug is the voice behind our popular How to Talk to a Child about a Suicide Attempt in Your Family videos. Watch the full series on the VHA YouTube channel.

Rocky Mountain Short Takes on VA Suicide Prevention: Dr. Kate Comtois on Caring Contacts - Simple and Meaningful

7 September 2016

For this episode we took our podcast equipment to the Denver VA's 4th annual Mental Health Summit where Dr. Kate Comtois was giving the keynote address. Kate was there to tell us about promising directions in treating the patient with suicidal thoughts and behaviors. We’ll have Kate on Rocky Mountain Short Takes again in the coming months but today we wanted to focus on what she had to say about Caring Communications. This simple yet effective tool was first introduced in the 1990’s but the research was not published until 2001. Since then research in Australia, Iran and the U.S. has shown consistent positive results. Listen to the podcast and then think about how you can add this simple technique to your own practice.

Supporting material:

The podcast is approximately 27 minutes long.

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

Categories: Suicide Prevention

 

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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.