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Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Veteran Suicide Prevention

New Pub: The Association Between Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Perceptions of Deployment-Related Injury in Veterans With and Without Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
21 April 2017 - RMIRECC Drs. Nazanin Bahraini, Lindsey Monteith, Jeri Forster and Lisa Brenner (along with Holly Gerber and Trisha Hostetter) published this important article that examines " whether the association between PTSD and injury perceptions differs for Veterans with mild traumatic brain injury compared with Veterans with non-TBI." They conclude: "PTSD symptom severity influences perceptions about mTBI and non-TBIs sustained during deployment. Altering injury perceptions may be an important treatment target for Veterans with co-occurring PTSD and deployment-related injuries." Read more
Straight Scoop for Veterans - What Two Guys Can Do
19 April 2017 - Melissa McHarg interviews Roger Pipkin from Straight Scoop for Veterans. Roger tells the amazing story of how he and a friend decided to tackle Veteran suicide in New Mexico. You won't believe the progress they have made.
RMIRECC @ 50th Annual AAS Conference
17 April 2017 - RMIRECC will be providing 11 presentations at the 50th annual American Association of Suicidology (AAS) in Phoenix, AZ. The conference starts next week with a full day presentation titled "Therapeutic Risk Management of the Suicidal Patient (TRMSP)" by Sarra Nazem PhD, Bridget Matarazzo PsyD, and Hal Wortzel MD. The last day ends with Adam Hoffberg, Nasi Bahraini PhD, and Joe Huggins presenting on "Increasing Your Digital Impact". Find short videos on almost all the presentations.
The Camouflage Closet: Strong, Resilient LGBT Veterans!
5 April 2017 - Nine Veterans were given cameras to tell their stories; their resiliency, their strength and their efforts overcoming. An amazing quote "research indicates that 75% of all Veterans with PTSD state that they have also experienced PTSD Growth."
health + people + purpose = The Team RWB Enrichment Equation
29 March 2017 - Team RWB is a nationwide organization with over 115,000 members, in over 200 locations and their mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.
New Pub: Mental Health in Allergic Rhinitis: Depression and Suicidal Behavior
28 March 2017 - MVM Core Team Members Christopher A. Lowry, Lisa A Brenner, Andrew J. Hoisington, and Teodor T. Postolache published an article entitled "Mental Health in Allergic Rhinitis: Depression and Suicidal Behavior" in the journal Current Treatment Options in Allergy. From the abstract, "For the clinicians routinely treating a substantial patient population with allergic diseases, there are additional concerns, as allergy has been linked with both depression and suicidal behavior."
Adam Hoffberg Appears on SPSM Chat
26 March 2017 - RMIRECC's Adam Hoffberg was the guest on SPSM Chat getting the message out about the podcast Rocky Mountain Short Takes on Suicide Prevention and many of the other work being done. SPSM Chat is a twitter-based conversation that "is targeted at mental health and communications professionals using social media to make suicide a “never” event. SPSM chats occur every Sunday night 9pm CST.
Community Reintegration for Veterans after TBI
22 March 2017 - In honor of March being Brain Injury Awareness Month we wanted to discuss the article “Community Reintegration Problems Among Veterans and Active Duty Service Members With Traumatic Brain Injury.”
Published: Epidemiology and prognosis of mild traumatic brain injury in returning soldiers - A cohort study
21 March 2017 - Dr. Lisa Brenner published this article with an impressive list of co-authors in the March 2017 of Neurology. The article is part of a larger study that will continue monitoring this group of returning soldiers from Afghanistan and Iraq. This article is at a 3 month follow-up; there will be future follow-up at 6 and 12 months. The study reports that 47% of the soldiers who had sustained a mild TBI reported at their 3 month follow-up postconcussive symptoms (PCS). Most commonly the symptoms were sleep problems, forgetfulness, irritability and headaches.
Talking Community Response with Denver Co-Responder Team Program
8 March 2017 - This week’s Rocky Mountain MIRECC Short Takes podcast highlights a local program invested in proactively reaching out to individuals who may experience mental health challenges, and build healthy relationships that better serve community members both in crisis and for the long haul.


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Our Mission

The mission of the Rocky Mountain MIRECC (Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center) for Veteran Suicide Prevention is to study suicide with the goal of reducing suicidal ideation and behaviors in the Veteran population. Towards this end, the work of the Rocky Mountain MIRECC is focused on promising clinical interventions, as well as the cognitive and neurobiological underpinnings of suicidal thoughts and behaviors that may lead to innovative prevention strategies.

The vision of the Rocky Mountain MIRECC is: Veterans, their families, and the VHA will have increased information and options to make health decisions aimed at decreasing suicide risk.


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