Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Veteran Suicide Prevention
Suicide is complex but it is also preventable. Beyond treating Veterans in crisis there are so many ways to tackle this. When you look at the topics we investigate, from gut bacteria to community gatherings, you see the possibilities.
- Podcast: The Role of Health Promoting Behaviors with Dr. Bryann DeBeer
- 14 February 2018 - In this podcast Adam Hoffberg interviews Dr. Bryann DeBeer, a suicide prevention researcher and clinical research psychologist at the VA VISN 17 Center of Excellence for Research on Returning War Veterans, and an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M Health Science Center. Dr. DeBeer discusses her interesting research which examines risk factors for suicide in Veterans. Her work also focuses on translating these findings into new actionable suicide prevention techniques. Adam and Dr. DeBeer talk about how these findings fit into clinical practice in order to help clinicians improve their work with clients at risk for suicide. Listen to the podcast:
- Pub: Suicide Behavior and Chronic Pain: An Exploration of Pain-Related Catastrophic Thinking, Disability, and Descriptions of the Pain Experience
- 5 February 2018 - The RMIRECC team in Salt Lake City (Margaret Legarreta, PhD (pictured), Elliott Bueler, BA, Jennifer DiMuzio, BA, Erin McGlade, PhD, and Deborah Yurgelun-Todd, PhD) published this important paper exploring the role of chronic pain in suicide prevention. "The study results support the need to assess pain from a multifaceted perspective and to examine the different experiences of pain, such as sensory and affective constructs, when discussing suicide risk in veterans." Read more.
- Study: Coming Home from Afghanistan and Iraq
- 30 January 2018 - The Coming Home from Afghanistan and Iraq study will help VA understand the effects of military service, deployment, and combat on the health and well-being of Veterans who served during Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and Operation New Dawn (OND). Researchers are looking at the physical and mental health, vocation or occupation, and social relationships of deployed Veterans, non-deployed Veterans, and similar civilians. Learn more
- Pub: Understanding Suicidal Self-Directed Violence Among Men Exposed to Military Sexual Trauma: An Ecological Framework
- RMIRECC staff (Dr Lindsey Monteith, pictured, Dr Nazanin Bahraini and Kelly Soberay, MA) and former staff (Holly Gerber) contributed to this article published by APA PsycNET. The publication explores a qualitative study "aimed to describe men’s perceptions of the impact of MST on their lives, in relation to their subsequent experiences with suicidal ideation and attempt." The authors findings "suggest a complex, multifaceted etiology of men’s suicidal ideation and suicide attempts following MST. Ecological perspectives that consider processes at interpersonal, institutional, and cultural levels may be particularly informative for enhancing suicide prevention efforts for men who have experienced MST." Read more.
- Pub: Dr. Brooke Dorsey-Holliman Leads 3 RMIRECC Authors on Resiliency, cultural beliefs and practices that mitigate suicide risk among African American female veterans
- Dr. Brooke Dorsey-Holliman was the lead author on this publication along with Drs. Lindsey Monteith and Lisa Brenner and former study coordinator Elizabeth Spitzer. The article is from a qualitative study exploring protective factors for suicide among African American women Veterans. "Three themes emerged as being protective against suicide: (a) resilience, (b) social support, and (c) religion. Results underscore the importance of specific cultural beliefs and practices as being protective against suicide among African American women Veterans." Read the whole publication from this open access journal.
- Pub: Factors Influencing Suicide Risk Assessment and Management in VA Primary Care Clinics: A Qualitative Study of Provider Perspectives
- 22 January 2018 - Former RMIRECC Fellow Megan Petrik and Suicide Risk Management Consultation Program Co-Director and Consultant Bridget Matarazzo co-authored this paper in Military and Behavioral Health. The qualitative study found these themes the impact of a trusting patient–provider relationship, multidisciplinary team-based care, education about suicide prevention from integrated behavioral health providers, reliable access to mental health care, and VA system-wide suicide prevention efforts in supporting generalists' ability to effectively assess and manage veterans' suicide. Read more.
- Pub: Study Coordinator Nathalie Dieujuste Publishes in Journal of Anxiety Disorders
- 19 January 2018 - Nathalie Dieujuste, a study coordinator for RMIRECC co-authored the paper "Construct validation of the hybrid model of posttraumatic stress disorder: Distinctiveness of the new symptom clusters." What is particularly interesting about this study is it shows a negtive result; that is, from the key results reported, "The hybrid model might not provide a meaningful framework for understanding which PTSD symptoms relate to associated features." Studies that report negative results are important because they make us consider why did this experiment not turn out quite as expected. Read more.
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