Updated: 22 December 2014
VISN 19 MIRECC endeavors to disseminate useful information about suicide prevention in ways that are accessible to Veterans and the community at large, and evaluate strategies to translate research-informed practices into everyday care.
VISN 19 MIRECC has created a brief online training for the Self-Directed Violence Classification System. The video is narrated by Lisa Brenner, PhD, Director of VISN 19 MIRECC.
The field of Suicidology has long struggled with the lack of a universally agreed upon definition for suicide and associated terms. Synonymous with the word suicide is the term self-directed violence. A shared understanding of self-directed violence (SDV) in its various forms is critical. The VA is adopting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Self-Directed Violence Classification System (SDVCS).
The VISN 19 MIRECC has worked to create a common language, or a nomenclature, related to self-directed violence [Learn more]