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Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Suicide Prevention

Updated: 15 June 2016

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Rocky Mountain Short Takes on Suicide Prevention: Talking to Patients about Firearm Safety

15 June 2016

Adam Hoffberg talks with Dr. Marian (Emmy) Betz about how to talk with patients about firearm safety in relation to suicide risk. Dr. Betz is an emergency room physician at the University of Colorado Hospital and has worked extensively in the area of lethal means safety for suicide prevention. Her most recent article published June 2016 is titled "Lethal Means Access and Assessment Among Suicidal Emergency Department Patients."

An interesting part of this far ranging discussion occurs near the end when Dr. Betz discusses a program in Colorado, the Colorado Gun Shop Project. The program is modeled on the New Hampshire Firearm Safety Coalition. The purpose of the project is to collaborate with gun shop retailers, gun range owners, and firearm safety course instructors to promote suicide prevention awareness, recognize suicidal behavior, and limit the sale of firearms to any customer who is suicidal. See the links below to learn more.

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The podcast is approximately 26 minutes long.

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

Categories: Suicide Prevention; Firearm Safety

Rocky Mountain Short Takes on Suicide Prevention: Environmental Factors and Suicide

1 June 2016

In this episode Adam interviews Perry Renshaw, MD PhD MBA, the Medical Director of Rocky Mountain MIRECC who is based in our Salt Lake City, UT office. Dr. Renshaw is the senior author on “Acute Air Pollution Exposure and Risk of Suicide Completion”, one of the American Journal of Epidemiology (AJE) and the Society for Epidemiologic Research’s 2015 Articles of the Year. Listen as they explore what role the environment plays in suicide and the clinical implications.

Supporting material:

The podcast is approximately 18 minutes long.

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

Categories: Suicide Prevention; Environmental Factors; Stress Resilience

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.

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; Microbiome; Stress Resilience

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

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.

 

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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.