Rocky Mountain MIRECC for VA Suicide Prevention
Updated: 29 September 2016
Dr. Meredith Mealer publishes "Moral Distress in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Nurses"
29 September 2016
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.
- Moral Injury in the Context of War
- Moral injury and moral repair in war veterans: A preliminary model and intervention strategy
- Killing in combat may be independently associated with suicidal ideation
- Moral injury, suicidal ideation, and suicide attempts in a military sample
- The Moral Injury Questionnaire
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
Dr. Doug Gray and Rocky Mountain MIRECCs SLC Team Publish Comparing Veterans and nonveteran Utah Suicide Decedents
9 September 2016
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.
- Learn more about Katherine Anne Comtois Ph.D., M.P.H..
- This short article from Stanford SPARQ, the Center for Social Psychological Answers to Real-World Questions: Caring Letters Prevent Suicide
- This article is behind a pay-wall but the abstract is worth reading and it highlights the work of Dr. David Luxton: Can Postdischarge Follow-Up Contacts Prevent Suicide and Suicidal Behavior? A Review of the Evidence
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
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.