Newsletter | Spring 2020 | South Central MIRECC - MIRECC / CoE
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Newsletter | Spring 2020 | South Central MIRECC

Our Clinical Educator Grant program helps VISN 16 and 17 mental health providers create and share resources that improve treatment for rural and other Veterans who face barriers to care. We give these products to Veterans, VA providers, and the public for free. Visit our Clinical Educator Products webpage to access all of our products.

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Wellness While Waiting: A Self-Help Guide for Veterans Listed for Transplant

The Wellness While Waiting patient education materials were designed to promote physical and emotional wellness for Veterans awaiting organ transplant and their caregivers. It covers several topics including common emotional responses to the wait for transplant, skills to increase emotional wellness, and strategies to continue engagement in health-affirming behaviors.

It has five supplemental handouts that cover mental health topics (depression, anxiety, cognitive compensatory skills, relapse prevention for tobacco use, and relapse prevention for alcohol or other drug use). All materials assist with VA care navigation by directing Veterans and their caregivers to appropriate resources. The materials include a guide, visit agenda cards to facilitate Veteran and provider communication, and a caregiver wellness handout.

 
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Self-Help STOP Worry: A Tool for Older Veterans

The updated Self-Help STOP Worry program is a user-friendly, guided cognitive behavioral treatment of generalized anxiety disorder for Veterans 60 years of age or older who experience high levels of worry and anxiety. It includes workbooks for clinicians and Veterans

The workbooks contain eight chapters detailing skills, including anxiety education and awareness, relaxation (Diaphragmatic Breathing and Progressive Muscle Relaxation [PMR]), problem solving, cognitive therapy, exposure and behavioral sleep management. The self-help workbook contains practice exercises and forms to monitor progress and can be used independently or as a part of formal treatment.

 

Last updated: April 15, 2020