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Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Veteran Suicide Prevention

Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Veteran Suicide Prevention


studies advancing Veteran Suicide prevention and postvention.

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Professional Consultations and the best therapeutic tools for treating Suicidal Veterans.

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.

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 Podcast: Time and Space and Keep On Keeping on with George Stoudemire
19 November 2019 - This week's episode was recorded at the VA/DoD Suicide Prevention in Nashville, TN, August 2019. Adam was at the conference and had put out the word that he was available to record podcasts. And so he met George Stoudemire. George is a Violence Prevention instructor for US Air Force. He got involved in the program after a 2nd suicide attempt. He heard that "To be part of the solution, I needed to be part of the process." And he has had a deep, personal dive into being part of the process and being part of the solution. And that includes short videos on his Facebook page (Lee Stoudemire) reminding folks that they matter. My takeaway from producing this episode is George has a zest for life will bring you into the process.

Listen to Time and Space and Keep On Keeping on with George Stoudemire
 Career Development Award for Dr. Diana Brostow
15 November 2019 - The Rocky Mountain MIRECC is excited to announce that one of our Principal Investigators, Dr. Diana Brostow, has recently been awarded funding of her Rehabilitation Research and Development (RR&D) Career Development Award (CDA) for her project, entitled “Nutritional Functioning in OEF/OIF/OND Veterans with Polytraumatic Injuries: Developing a New Approach”. Dr. Brostow will use this 5-year grant to build on her previous research in mental health and food insecurity to examine how injured Veterans view and use nutrition. OEF/OIF/OND Veterans with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and associated conditions face a multitude of challenges when reintegrating into civilian life. Their eating habits, nutritional values, and access to safe, nutritious food, all of which comprise “nutritional functioning”, have yet to be examined, and Dr. Brostow’s innovative project will result in a new, validated measure that can be used to augment rehabilitation services for injured Veterans.
 Podcast: Duane France - Doing so many good things in so many ways
5 November 2019 - We first met Duane at a VA Mental Health Summit in Colorado Springs in 2018. We had heard of him through his Twitter presence @ThCounselingVet, knew he did his own podcast titled Head Space and Timing, was a combat Veteran, a licensed therapist and an author of Combat vet don't mean crazy: veteran mental health in post-military life and found out he is a heck of a nice guy. While it took over a year for us to get together and record this podcast and another 9 months to get it out we are proud to finally get him on our small channel. Meanwhile, Duane has dropped over 165 podcasts and published a second book, Head Space and Timing: Veteran Mental Health from a Combat Veteran Perspective.

Listen to Duane France - Doing so many good things in so many ways
 Podcast: Modeling to Learn (Test. Don't Guess.) with Dr. Lindsey Zimmerman
22 October 2019 - Funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Veterans Health Administration, scientific study of Modeling to Learn is underway to determine its effectiveness increasing delivery of evidence-based addiction and mental health care (NIDA R01DA046651 and R21DA042198; HSRD I01HX002521; PI: Zimmerman). The Modeling to Learn program supports multidisciplinary teams of frontline psychiatry, psychology, social work, nursing and certified peer support specialist providers in the Veterans Health Administration. This podcast with Dr. Zimmerman introduces the participatory Modeling to Learn effort including the facilitators, workgroup leads, key partners and co-investigators who learn with frontline staff from MTL data and simulation resources. Dr. Zimmerman's team, "Team PSD," is distributed across the United States.

Listen to Modeling to Learn (Test. Don't Guess.) with Dr. Lindsey Zimmerman
 Fellowship Opportunity
The Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Veteran Suicide Prevention is home to nationally-recognized clinical researchers and clinicians who supervise/mentor Fellows in research as well as the application of specialized knowledge to Veteran treatment and intervention. For the 2020-2021 Fellowship season we have opportunities with Nazanin H. Bahraini PhD and Sarra Nazem, PhD. Learn more about each of them by clicking on their name and learn about the Fellowship program here at RMIRECC.
 Video: VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guidelines for Suicide
10 October 2019 - Watch this one hour video as Dr. Lisa Brenner, Capt. Mike Colston, & Suicide Prevention Coordinator Tammy Hopman discuss the VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guidelines for Suicide. Watch the video here.
 Podcast: The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
8 October 2019 - This episode we dedicate to Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. The mission of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless is to work collaboratively toward the prevention of homelessness and the creation of lasting solutions for homeless and at-risk families, children, and individuals throughout Colorado. The Coalition advocates for and provides a continuum of housing and a variety of services to improve the health, well-being and stability of those it serves. This session was recorded in December 2018. Since this discussion James and Tammy have left the Coalition.

Listen to The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
 Podcast: Work as Suicide Prevention with Dr. Nathan Ainspan
24 September 2019 - On this week's episode of the Rocky Mountain Short Takes on Suicide Prevention we dialed up Dr. Nathan Ainspan a research psychologist from the DoD Transition to Veteran Program Office. If you have ever been unemployed you know what it can do to your emotional well-being. Top that off with the financial effect and you can understand how this can increase risk for depression and wreak havoc on your sense of purpose. Nate talks passionately about the idea of purpose, dedication and mission as a cornerstone of well-being. And that can start with employment, but he then stretches it out to include volunteering, getting involved in a house of worship and being a part of a larger community. Anything that adds to a sense of purpose. Nate discusses how having a job helps combat social isolation by getting the person out and into the work environment where there is usually a social and shared purpose. Almost by its nature a job forces us to be social, to interact with others. Dr. Ainspan also talks about how work can provide a positive feedback loop through success and a sense of accomplishment for work well done. And getting paid for the work you are doing can take away the financial stress.

Listen to Work as Suicide Prevention with Dr. Nathan Ainspan

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