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Newsletter | Fall 2023 Article 6 | South Central MIRECC

New Resource to Support Secure Storage and Informational Brochure for VA Sexual Health Services for Women Veterans

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.

Two people having a serious conversation

A Veteran's Guide to Discussing STORES: Secure Storage to Reduce Suicide Risk

Developers: Jennifer L. Bryan, PhD, Steve G. Caloudas, PhD, Aeron-Justin Bali, BS, Cheryl, L. Cabusas, LCSW, and Ali Abbas Asghar-Ali, MD. The authors of the flyers are Elizabeth Kleeman, LCSW and Bindi Naik-Mathuria, MD.

Suicide is preventable. Fellow Veterans, family members and friends are important in preventing suicide and saving Veterans’ lives. By asking about suicide, fellow Veterans let Veterans know that they can talk about their thoughts of suicide. These materials are for Veterans who want to help prevent Veteran suicide. Includes:

  • STORES Full Guide - The complete guide with all examples and dialogues incorporated into the guide.
  • STORES Brief Guide – A streamlined version of the STORES full guide. Additional material is available in the appendix if Veterans want more information.
  • STORES Brochure – Introduces the concept of secure storage and tips for talking to other Veterans about secure storage.
  • Family Flyer – Discusses secure storage in context of suicide prevention for the entire family.
  • Children’s Flyer – Discusses secure storage in context of keeping children safe in the home.
  • Published 2023


Collage of women from different backgrounds, ethnicities, races, religions, and identities. Talk bubbles surrounding the women say, Hi, sorry I can't talk right now. I have a Women's Wellness appointment at the VA. They have a lot of services for Veterans. We have medicine PrEP to prevent HIV. We also perform pap smears to screen for cervical cancer. We have vaccines to help you stay healthy! This is VA. How can we help you today? I'd love to learn more!

Sexual Health for Women Veterans

Developers: Alexandra B. Caloudas, PhD, Jan A. Lindsay, PhD, Giselle Day, MPH, Julianna Hogan, PhD, and Mary J. Burton, MD.

This brochure describes VA services that support women's sexual health and overall well-being.

  • Provides information about women's services available at VA, including birth control, immunizations, and health screenings and medications.
  • Encourages women Veterans to discuss VA sexual health services with their clinician.
  • Published 2023


Last updated: October 23, 2023