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Welcome to the Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) for Suicide Prevention
We are a leading research, education and clinical center on Veteran suicide prevention. Visit our About Us page to learn more about our mission and meet our team.
Resources for Coping after a Tragic Event
We are deeply saddened by the tragedy at Club Q in Colorado Springs. Our hearts are heavy for the LGBTQ+ community and the families and friends who are grieving for those who died.
In the aftermath of this tragedy we would like to provide some resources for coping after a traumatic incident.
Download this resource from NCPTSD For Leadership: The First Weeks Following a Critical Incident
Common Reactions After Tragic/Traumatic Evens
There are many different responses to traumatic events. Most people have intense responses immediately following, and often for several weeks or even months after, a traumatic event.
These responses can include:
- Feeling anxious, sad, scared, or angry
- Trouble concentrating and sleeping
- Continually thinking about what happened
For most people, these are normal and expected responses and generally lessen with time. Honor your feelings and remember that it is common to have a range of emotions after a traumatic incident.
Attending to self-care is an important part of coping after trauma.
- Engage in healthy behaviors, try to maintain normal routines for meals, exercise, and sleep
- Avoid alcohol and other drugs as these can suppress your feelings and make it more difficult to manage your emotions
- Spend time with loved ones and trusted friends who are supportive
- Talk about it with people who care about you and who will listen to your concerns
- Keep informed but try to limit the amount of news you take in whether it’s from the Internet, television, newspapers or magazines.
Recognizing When You Need Extra Support
In some cases, the stressful thoughts and feelings after a trauma continue for a long time and/or interfere with everyday life. For people who continue to feel the effects of the trauma, it is important to seek professional help. Some signs that an individual may need help include:
- Worrying a lot or feeling very anxious, sad, or fearful
- Crying often
- Having trouble thinking clearly
- Having frightening thoughts, reliving the experience
- Feeling angry
- Having nightmares or difficulty sleeping
- Avoiding places or people that bring back disturbing memories and responses.
Physical responses to trauma may also mean that an individual needs help. Physical symptoms may include:
- Stomach pain and digestive issues
- Feeling tired
- Racing heart and sweating
- Being very jumpy and easily startled
If you are in distress, experiencing a crisis, or need support, please contact:
- Veteran and Military Crisis Line
Qualified and caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders are available through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text.
Veterans and their loved ones can call 988 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available - https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/
- The National Lifeline
Provides 24/7 free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Dial 988 then Press 1 to connect with caring, qualified responders for 24/7 crisis support.
Additional Resources & Support
For more information about managing stress after a tragedy visit:
- National Center for PTSD
- National Institute of Mental Health: Coping with Traumatic Events
For Healthcare Providers Serving Veterans
- VA National Suicide Risk Management Consultation Program
Working with high-risk individuals can be stressful. The Rocky Mountain MIRECC offers free consultation for any provider (community as well as VA) who works with Veterans.
To get started, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information regarding the consultation program:
National Center for PTSD Consultation Program
Any provider who treats Veterans with PTSD can ask a question or request consultation about PTSD-related issues.
For more information see: https://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/consult/
Rocky Mountain MIRECC Mailing List
Our newsletter includes updates about our work, educational opportunities and more. Take a look at our November 2022 newsletter for information about International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, including local events, postvention information, featured podcasts, and ways to connect with the suicide loss survivors in your life. View this latest edition here.
Treatment Works for Vets
Our Treatment Works for Veterans website and provider portal are currently down to be reconstructed and moved to a new URL (www.mirecc.va.gov/treatmentworksforvets/). In the meantime, we invite you to visit the following pages for resources and information.
Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG) for Suicide Prevention Website
Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) are research informed recommendations on how to diagnose and treat a medical or psychiatric condition. Visit our updated CPG website for resources, including webinars and recommendations, specific to the CPG For Patients at Risk for Suicide.
Rocky Mountain MIRECC Cores
Our center consists of several teams that work together towards preventing suicide. Learn more about our Research, Education and Clinical Cores below.
Our Research Core studies all phases of suicide prevention. Learn about the translational research model and explore our focus areas in our Research section.
Our Education Core translates research in order to disseminate useful and accessible information about suicide prevention to Veterans and the community. Check out our products, trainings, podcasts, videos and more resources in our Education section.
Our Clinical Core focuses on suicide risk assessment and management best practices and innovations. Find support, clinical tools and more resources in our Clinical section.
COVID-19 vaccine and general information
To sign up to get a COVID-19 vaccine from VA, visit VA’s vaccine information page.
Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC (RMR VAMC)
1700 N Wheeling St, G-3-116M
Aurora, CO 80045
VA Salt Lake City Health Care System
500 Foothill DR
Salt Lake City, UT 84148
Last Updated 23 November 2022