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Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Veteran Suicide Prevention

Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Veteran Suicide Prevention


Visit the updated Lethal Means Safety Website


We are pleased to announce an updated Lethal Means Safety website featuring: Evidence, Counseling, Recommendations and Resources. Visit LMS for Suicide Prevention today and explore ways to keep your at-risk patients safe. To visit the new site, click this link or the image above. 

Visit the new ASCEND Website

Rocky Mountain MIRECC researchers, along with Minuteman Technology Services and NORC at the University of Chicago, have launched a large research initiative to learn more about the complex factors that lead to suicidal behavior. This survey places a special emphasis on collecting input from historically underrepresented Veteran groups and Veterans at an increased risk of suicide, such as women, rural, and recently separated Veterans.

We invite you to visit the ASCEND website to learn more about the aims and details of this study, along with information about the project team and how you can help.

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To get answers to questions you have about coronavirus and how VA is responding, visit our Coronavirus FAQs page or read VA's public health response.

If you have symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath, call your VA medical center before going to a clinic, urgent care center, or emergency room. Calling first helps us protect you, medical staff, and other patients.

For the latest information about coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Maintaining and Enhancing Your Mental Health and Well-Being During the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak


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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: Talking with Ted Bonar during the early days of COVID-19
11 August 2020 - The pandemic catalyzed the great “tele-migration”, forcing an abrupt shift for patients, providers, and systems as they adapt to a new model of mental health care delivery from a distance. In this episode, Ted Bonar offers his expertise about providing effective and evidence-based care to patients at risk of suicide, including strategies for remote safety and crisis response planning, without sacrificing connection and collaboration. Ted reminds us about the importance of developing and reinforcing coping strategies that are meaningful to the person. He shares that it doesn’t “have to be that much different than doing it in person… these are the things that make those interventions effective: collaborative, it’s emotional, it has resonance, it’s specific, it’s detailed. So I don’t think that has to be sacrificed just because it’s over telehealth.” Ted emphasizes self-care and supporting each other as crucial elements of clinician wellbeing as we all navigate these challenging times.

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 Podcast: A Sister and Survivor Looks Back 40 Years at Her Brother's Suicide
28 July 2020 - I read a column in the gardening section of the Denver Post in spring of 2019 and stumbled on the writer Chryss Cada. In the last two paragraphs she announced that this was her last column that she'd be dedicating the next portion of her journey on telling the story of losing her brother, Mark, to suicide when he was 15 and she was 12. We touched base but it was too early in her journey. Chryss got back in touch when she had finished her writing and we accomplished this podcast. The picture at left is Chryss, Mark and Shaggy on the "hill".Take some time to listen please.

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 Podcast: Dancing on Compassion Fatigue with Tara Rynders
14 July 2020 - Some time ago Adam attended an immersive theater presentation at Rose Medical Center across the street from our old VA medical center. The performances, First Do No Harm and The Clinic, were performed in the hospital and bring the audience into the experience in a wholly different way. Tara recently recorded COVID Stories. With Adam she discusses art as a way to heal. I'd like to encourage everyone to visit the show notes page where there are links to videos, articles and a document that details some research that Tara did regarding showing the immersive production to fellow nurses.

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 Podcast: Suicide Prevention in Long-term Care with Evan Plys
30 June 2020 - This week we talk with gero-psychologist Evan Plys, PhD about suicide prevention in long-term care settings; from independent-living to assisted-living to nursing home. Evan has volunteered and worked in long-term care since he was young and has a special affinity for our elders. He offers advice on how to discuss suicide within these settings and with this population. He also discusses the idea of creating an environment which promotes wellness and a life worth living.

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 Podcast: The Intersection of Homelessness, Justice Involvement and Suicide Prevention at the VA
16 June 2020 - For this episode we turn the mic over to Ryan Holliday a clinical and research psychologist at RMIRECC. Ryan asked for the mic so he could interview two Sean's. The first is Shawn Liu with the VA Programs for the Homeless and the second Sean Clark, VA Veterans Justice Outreach. The three team up to get in depth on the intersection Homelessness, Justice Involvement and Suicide Prevention. They also make the case why every clinician working with Veterans should get to know their local VA staff working in homelessness and justice involvement.

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 Podcast: A Mobile Safety Planning App with Dr. Pearl McGee-Vincent
2 June 2020 - Adam Hoffberg got a chance to talk with Dr. Pearl McGee-Vincent, of the National Center for PTSD Dissemination and Training Division about the updated release of the app PTSD Coach. The wildly respected and used app now includes a digital safety plan for suicide prevention. Pearl takes us on a guided tour of the app and how it can make a difference in the lives of Veterans.

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