MIRECC / CoE
Education & Dissemination at the VISN 2 CoEProviding Awareness Using a
Public Health Approach
Through its education and training efforts, the Center of Excellence translates leading-edge suicide preventon findings into applied practice across a variety of Veteran-focused settings. The CoE's Education Division develops and disseminates educational resources that engage learners through a variety of modalities, including face-to-face education programs, innovative web-based trainings and webinars.
Under the direction of Dr. Janet Kemp, the CoE's first Education Chief, CoE developed "Operation S.A.V.E.," a Veteran-centric suicide prevention gatekeeper training delivered by SPCs to front-line VHA staff across the nation. S.A.V.E. is now a mandatory training course for all VHA employees during New Employee Orientation. CoE team members collaborated with OMHSP leadership to translate S.A.V.E. to an online training course in collaboration with the PsychArmor Traning Institute. Through our collective efforts, the online S.A.V.E. (PsychArmor) training video now serves as an annual refresher for all VHA employees.
Start the Conversation: New Tools for Veteran Suicide Prevention
Start the Conversation is an online comprehensive toolkit CoE developed to address common issues that many Veterans face. The toolkit contains practical steps to help those who love and care about Veterans. Use the toolkit to create customizable suicide prevention content tailored to specific audiences and topics. Topics include how to:
- Talk to Veterans about their emotional health, distress or suicidal thoughts
- Identify factors that may increase a Veteran's risk for suicidal thoughts and behaviors
- Recognize warning signs indicating that a Veteran may be in crisis
- Create a personalized plan to help a Veteran manage crises and access resources
| "Staying Safe Suicide Prevention Solutions for SMVF: New VA Resources to Safely Store Lethal Means"
SAMHSA’s Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVF) Technical Assistance (TA) Center is hosting a series of calls for all team members involved in the VA/SAMHSA Governor’s and Mayor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide Among SMVF. From June to August 2020, state/community teams, and their community partners, are invited to participate in web-based, virtual TA sessions that will focus on current best practices in suicide prevention for SMVF, including tips for implementation, outcomes and lessons learned.