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Mental Health Resources for Older Veterans | South Central MIRECC

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SC MIRECC Clinical Education Products benefit the mental health care of rural and other underserved Veterans. These products are free to the public. Download products using the  links below. Use our order form to receive a hard copy by mail. Join our email list to receive SC MIRECC updates.

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Featured Mental Health Resources for Older Veterans

Collaborative Safety Planning for Older Adults
Collaborative Safety Planning 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.
  • Best practices and practical tips for safety planning, with a focus on issues that are common in older adult patients
  • Increases the quality of safety plans and the likelihood that they will be understood and used by Veterans
  • Includes video that gives overview of the safety planning and how to use the manual
  • Published 2016
This product is a best practice.
Multi-Setting Peaceful Mind: A Manual to Aid in the Management of Anxiety in Veterans with Memory Impairment
Multi-setting peaceful mind manual
This easy-to-follow manual outlines an evidence-supported cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) treatment for anxiety for older Veterans with dementia or cognitive impairment.
  • Includes worksheets for patients
  • Published 2013 | Updated 2020
This product is an evidence-based practice.
Pocket Guide for Clinicians for Management of Chronic Pain
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Helps primary care clinicians and trainees gain a basic understanding of pain and facilitate early assessment and interventions. Includes:
  • Brief synopsis of the various aspects of pain management
  • Pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions known to be effective for pain management
  • Overview of Stepped Care Model for Pain Management
  • Published 2017 | Revised 2023
This product is a best practice.
Self-Help STOP WORRY: A Tool for Older Veterans
Self-Help STOP WORRY Manual
This is a user-friendly, guided cognitive behavioral treatment of generalized anxiety disorder for Veterans 60 years of age or older who experience high levels of worry and anxiety (CD is no longer available).
  • The workbooks contain eight chapters detailing skills, including anxiety education and awareness, relaxation (Diaphragmatic Breathing and Progressive Muscle Relaxation [PMR]), problem solving, cognitive therapy, exposure and behavioral sleep management.
  • Self-help workbook contains practice exercises and forms to monitor progress
  • Workbook may be used independently or as a part of formal treatment
  • Published 2011 | Updated 2020
This product is a best practice.

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Last updated: February 12, 2024