How to Talk to a Child about a Suicide Attempt in Your Family: Guides Targeting Age Groups 4-8, 9-13 and 14-18
and now also available in Spanish!
Description: This information sheet is intended to serve as a guide for adults to use when talking with a 4-8, 9-13 or 14-18 year-old child about a suicide attempt in the family. It is not intended to replace the advice of a mental health professional. In fact, it may be best to use this along with professional support if you or your child is struggling with how to talk about this difficult topic. It is important to consider the child’s level of development and ability to understand events when deciding how to talk with them about this issue.
This seven-minute program provides information regarding the impact of using drugs and alcohol after a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The video guides the viewer through a discussion about how the brain works before and after a brain injury, and then demonstrates how drugs and alcohol can affect persons with a history of TBI using brain animations and short vignettes. This tool was designed to help providers engage clients in a dialogue about substance use post-injury and was made possible by funding from the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program. Jennifer Olson-Madden, Ph.D., VISN 19 MIRECC was the project PI. Collaborators included: John Corrigan, Ph.D., Ohio State University, and Lisa Brenner, Ph.D., VISN 19 MIRECC.
Easily reproducible brochure for veterans and the family/caregiver. Individuals with a history of TBI and their family members shared their stories with us and made the following suggestions regarding suicide prevention.
Traumatic Brain Injury and Suicide - A Manual for Clinicians and Care Providers
There is a need for more resources that are specifically targeted toward TBI survivors who may be considering suicide. Based upon this need, researchers at the VA VISN 19 Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) produced this information and resources guide. The target audience is clinicians and care providers working with TBI survivors. Download the 31 page manual.
Recognizing Suicide Risk in Returning Combat Veterans
By Patricia A. Alexander, Ph.D. and Lisa A. Brenner, Ph.D ABPP (Rp). This paper suggest that assessing for feelings of burdensomeness, failed belongingness, and acquired ability may be important when evaluating suicide risk. Download the article from Military OneSource.
The Combating Civilian: Suicide Risk Factors in Combat Veterans
A PodCast featuring Lisa Brenner Ph.D. ABPP (Rp). The International Program of Psycho-Social Health Research (IPP-SHR) recently interviewed Dr. Brenner regarding an article she co-authored A Qualitative Study of Potential Suicide Risk Factors in Returning Combat Veterans (Brenner, L., Gutierrez, P., Cornette, M., Betthauser, L., Bahraini, N., Staves, P. (2008) Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 30(3):211-225). Hear the PodCast here.
UPDATED - 4/5/2011! COMPETENCY-BASED CLINICAL SUPERVISION
State of the Art
by Carol Falender, PhD
The is presentation has been newly taped in a studio with sound and video technicians; with much better video and audio. The original presentation was done at the VA Psychology Training Council Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland, July 20, 2009
This website is for educational purposes only. If you are looking for professional medical care, find your local VA healthcare center by using the VA Facilities Locator & Directory.
The VA has founded the Veteran's Crisis Line to ensure Veterans in crisis have free, 24/7 access to trained counselors. Veterans can call the Crisis Line number, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), and press "1" to be routed to the Veterans Crisis Line; you can also visit their website for more information.
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