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Assessment of Suicidality in the Elderly 04/01/2008 by William Marchand, MD at the University of Utah Geriatrics Grand Rounds a presentation on assessment and management of suicidal risk among the elderly.
Suicide Attempt Survivor Family Resource Guide Updated: 15 November 2012. Resource guide for families with a member who has attempted suicide and survived; resource guide related to self-care, care for others (particularly children), and care for the suicide attempt survivor.
Providing Support for Suicide Survivors: Understanding Pertinent Military/Veteran Issues By Ryan E. Breshears, Ph.D., Nazanin H. Bahraini, Ph.D., & Lisa A. Brenner, Ph.D., ABPP Researchers have noted the complicated nature between risk factors and behavior, and suggested the need for further exploration of contributors to suicidal behavior in this population. Using both civilian and military literatures, areas for consideration when thinking about activity duty member/veteran suicide are presented. These include psychiatric and/or medical and military history and culture including exposure to trauma, combat, and deployment.
Presentation: Providing Support for Suicide Survivors: Understanding Pertinent Military/Veteran Issues This is a presentation given at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 2008 annual conference by Ryan E. Breshears, Ph.D., Nazanin H. Bahraini, Ph.D., & Lisa A. Brenner, Ph.D., ABPP Researchers have noted the complicated nature between risk factors and behavior, and suggested the need for further exploration of contributors to suicidal behavior in this population. Using both civilian and military literatures, areas for consideration when thinking about activity duty member/veteran suicide are presented. These include psychiatric and/or medical and military history and culture including exposure to trauma, combat, and deployment.
Suicide Pocket Card Small pocket sized card promoting suicide prevention.
Traumatic Brain Injury and Suicide: Information and Resources for Clinicians - Brochure This 2 page (front and back) brochure briefly explores the relationship between TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) and Suicide.
Fred Frese, PhD (DVD on Recovery) Fred Frese talks about the nature and importance of recovery oriented care for people with serious mental illness. There is also some specific reference to suicide prevention in this group of individuals. Diagnosed with schizophrenia when he was 25, Dr. Frese has worked tirelessly as a practitioner and advocate for consumers and their families. He has been a leader in recovery and patient centered care for individuals with serious mental illness throughout the nation.
Suicide Assessment and Prevention (Training Materials) Variety of materials on website for presentations on risk assessment, psychopharmacology, training of staff members, lay-population, and families of veterans about suicide.
Suicide Assessment and Prevention (Risk Assessment Template) Risk assessment template designed for CPRS along with associated reference materials, guide to use, and sample questions for each item on the risk assessment.
Suicide Assessment and Prevention (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) Powerpoint and lecture about implemented Dialectical Behavioral Therapy in VA.
Lithium Powerpoint Powerpoint available on the indications of lithium usage for bipolar disorder and its adjunective treatment for unipolar disorder and suicide prevention. Critical evalulation of the evidence for all these indications as well as selective references for each domain.
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).
Veteran Suicide Risk: The Role of Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Peter M Gutierrez, Ph.D. . May 29, 2008 (Windows Media Player file - movie). Teaching the public and health care professional about suicidality in veterans.
The VA Ace Card The purpose of ACE is to help Veterans, their family members and friends learn that they can take the necessary steps to get help. The acronym ACE (Ask, Care, Escort) summarizes the steps needed to take an active and valuable role in suicide prevention.
Women Veteran's and Suicide Web Based Training The intent of this training is to supplement the Suicide Risk Management Training for Clinicians by providing gender related information important to the assessment and prevention process for women Veterans who may be at risk for suicide. The course content includes: Background of the problem women Veterans and suicide; Information related to gender differences in suicide; Information about the characteristics of female Veterans as compared to the general female population; An overview of general female statistics Veteran vs. non-veteran; Information related to risk factors for suicide; Information about protective factors; A brief overview of clinical interventions/treatment options; Information about associative concerns military sexual trauma(MST) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); Information about myths and misinformation; Information regarding safety plans and relevance to suicide prevention.
Department of Veterans Affairs Safety Plan Quick Guide for Clinicians This pocket card is a quick reference guide which summarizes the 6 steps invloved in the development of a Safety Plan.
Safety Plan Treatment Manual to Reduce Suicide Risk: Veteran Version The Safety Plan Manual is a clinician resource which helps to outline a prioritized list of coping strategies and sources of support Veterans can use who have been deemed to be at high risk for suicide. Veterans can use these strategies before or during a suicidal crisis. The plan is brief, is in the Veteran's own words,and is easy to read.
Operation S.A.V.E. Training Operation S.A.V.E. Operation S. A. V. E. will help you act with care and compassion if you encounter a person who is suicidal. The acronym ?SAVE? summarizes the steps needed to take an active and valuable role in suicide prevention
Veteran Health Administration(VHA) Veteran Family Firearm Safety Initiative This website outlines the VISN 2 Center of Excellence Family Firearm Safety Program
How to Talk to a Child about a Suicide Attempt in Your Family: Guides Targeting Age Groups 4-8, 9-13 and 14-18 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 childs level of development and ability to understand events when deciding how to talk with them about this issue.
Geriatric Depression Scale The Geriatric Depression Scale is a screening tool that was designed specifically for older adults with and without dementia. Questions focus on affective and behavioral symptoms of depression rather than symptoms confused with somatic diseases or dementia. Items are yes/no questions and they can be administered in a variety of formats, either as a paper and pencil self-report measure or orally in blind patients. Translations in multiple languages and further information is available at the website.
Informacion y Apoyo para los Sobrevivientes del Suicidio: Guia de Recursos del Departamento de Veteran Affairs para las familias que esten lidiando con el suicidio Updated: 15 November 2012. This is the Spanish version of the resource guide related to self-care, care for others (particularly children), and care for the suicide attempt survivor.
Cómo hablar con un hijo de 4 a 8 años acerca de un intento de suicidio en la familia Our Spanish version of 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.
Cómo hablar con un hijo de 9 a 13 años acerca de un intento de suicidio en la familia This is the Spanish version of 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.
Cómo hablar con un hijo de 14 a 18 años acerca de un intento de suicidio en la familia This is the Spanish version of 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.
Traumatismo Craneal y Prevención del Suicidio Algunas personas con un historial de traumatismo craneal y sus familiares compartieron sus historias con nostros e hicieron las siguientes sugerencias respecto a la prevención del suicidio.
Collaborative Safety Planning For Older Adults Manual A brief manual for VA staff members. It is a collection of best practices and practical tips for safety planning, with a focus on issues that are common in older adult patients. This collaborative approach will increase the quality of safety plans and the likelihood that they will be understood and used by Veterans.
Collaborative Safety Planning for Older Adults Wallet Card A wallet card for VA staff members to be used in conjunction with the Collaborative Safety Planning for Older Adults Manual. The manual is a collection of best practices and practical tips for safety planning, with a focus on issues that are common in older adult patients. This collaborative approach will increase the quality of safety plans and the likelihood that they will be understood and used by Veterans.
Self-Directed Violence Classification System (SDVCS) Nomenclature Laminated Tools The Self-Directed Violence Classification System (SDVCS) Nomenclature laminated sheet contains both the decision tree and the clinical tool grid. On the front is the SDVCS decision-tree to help lead the clinician to the correct self-directed violence term. On the back are the definitions. On a separate laminated sheet is a handy grid of SDV terms. Being laminated you will never after worry about spilling coffee on this hugely popular tool!
Therapeutic Risk Management of the Suicidal Patient Tool The Risk Stratification Table is a tool designed to: •help providers make determinations regarding suicide risk levels with respect to severity and temporality and to •aid in suicide risk management clinical decision making.
Gun Cable Lock with Veterans Crisis Line Phone Number Printed on it This is a steel cable gunlock. When in proper use in an unloaded pistol, revolver, shotgun or rifle, the lock prevents the firearm's action from closing. The device meets the requirements of the American Society for Testing and Materials and the California Department of Justice. Each cable gun lock comes with an instructional brochure.
REACH VET Resource Cards The REACH VET Resource Card features on one side Coping and Symptom Management Apps and on the other various ways to connect with the VA. They are a quick and handy resource for Veterans and easily fit in with caring cards.

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