MIRECC / CoE
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: K9 Partners for Patriots with Remi and Jimmy Tatum
- 14 January 2020 - To start a new year we are going to shamelessly play the dog card because dogs are just great! (Cats are great too but this episode features Jimmy Tatum and Remi. Adam is also on this episode too but it really is Remi and Jimmy and the great work that K9 Partners for Patriots does. The mission of this group is, "To give veterans and active military a second chance at life by honoring and empowering those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Military Sexual Trauma through the experience of training and caring for their own service dog."
Listen to K9 Partners for Patriots with Remi and Jimmy Tatum
- Publication - Welfare Checks and Therapeutic Risk Management
- 6 January 2020 - RMIRECC investigators Drs. Hal Wortzel, Sean Barnes, Kailly Cannizzaro and Bridget Matarazzo collaborated with Drs. Edgar Villareal and Michael Allen on this paper examining the use of welfare checks within suicide prevention clinical efforts. They state, "Performed correctly, welfare checks have the potential to be life-saving interventions for persons in suicidal crises. Performed incorrectly, welfare checks may become an overly defensive practice that damages therapeutic relationships, violates patients' rights, and consumes important and limited community resources. The need for thoughtful guidance to assist clinicians in navigating these difficult clinical scenarios is long overdue." They then go on to explore how an approach steeped in therapuetic risk management might best inform welfare checks. The full manuscript is available.
- Podcast: Bouts with Burnout: Managing Work-related Stress Across the Suicide Prevention Field
- 31 December 2019 - We participated in this Short Take as a follow-up to our panel at the 2019 VA/DoD Suicide Prevention Conference titled, "Bouts with Burnout: Managing Work-related Stress Across the Suicide Prevention Field." We were honored to have so many engaged attendees and wanted to offer an opportunity for folks who could not attend to learn more about our panel. Our team included Monireh Moghadam, LCSW, who presented lessons learned and prevention approaches for clinicians and suicide prevention coordinators. Aaron Barrow (Peer Support Specialists) who talked about his experiences with being Veterans in recovery and working with suicidal Veterans. Jason Chen, PhD presented on the development and application of a model for wellness among research staff. Kyla Tompkins, MA, reviewed an applied example of implementing burnout prevention programming as a non-clinician.
Listen to Bouts with Burnout: Managing Work-related Stress Across the Suicide Prevention Field
- Podcast: How Evidence-Based Suicide Prevention Practices Are Making an Impact, With Dr. Matt Miller
- 17 December 2019 - This podcast episode provides examples of how data and research have informed the actions and outreach of VA's Suicide Prevention Program and highlights progress made in suicide prevention, providing hope to patients and providers. Matt Miller, Ph.D., MPH is the acting director of suicide prevention in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.
Listen to How Evidence-Based Suicide Prevention Practices Are Making an Impact, With Dr. Matt Miller
- Podcast: The VA/Clergy Partnership for Rural Veterans with Chaplain Steve Sullivan
- 3 December 2019 - For part 4 of our Moral Injury series Georgia Gerard interviews Chaplain Steve Sullivan about how he helped create the VA/Clergy Partnership for Rural Veterans. This partnership brings together community clergy, mental health providers, and others to help veterans gain access to both VA and community care and support. Steve worked to establish six ongoing VA/Clergy "community action boards" (CABs) in rural sites throughout Arkansas. He also served as Implementation Lead for the VA Community Clergy Training Program from 2016 to 2019. Steve has served as a hospital and VA chaplain for the last 15 years. Steve currently works as the "Community Coordinator" for VA Mental Health and Chaplaincy in Durham, NC and serves as co-leader of their "Collaborating in Care: Ministry and Mental Health" trainings.
Listen to The VA/Clergy Partnership for Rural Veterans with Chaplain Steve Sullivan
Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC (RMR VAMC)
1700 N Wheeling St, G-3-116M
Aurora, CO 80045
Salt Lake City
VA Salt Lake City Health Care System
500 Foothill DR
Salt Lake City, UT 84148