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Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Veteran Suicide Prevention

Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Veteran Suicide Prevention

Study Results

A total of 353 women Veterans participated in the survey portion of this study; 269 of whom expressed interested in participating in the follow-up phone interview. Interviews with twenty-one women were conducted over the phone.

This study is currently in the analysis phase; results will be updated regularly as presented and/or published.

April 2019

Preliminary findings from the first 11 qualitative interviews were presented at the 52nd annual American Association of Suicidology (AAS) conference in Denver, CO.

Key Findings: Early interviews suggested that RHC settings are acceptable and promising for upstream suicide prevention strategies targeting women Veterans. The importance of positive provider-patient relationships was emphasized.

 

August 2019

Lessons learned regarding improving recruitment of women Veterans into research were presented at the joint Department of Veterans Affairs – Department of Defense Suicide Prevention Conference in Nashville, TN.

Key Findings: Survey response rates among the women veterans increased when women were provided with enhanced, personalized recruitment materials and offered multiple modes (i.e., online and paper) for survey completion.

October 2019

Additional study findings were presented at the 2019 International Summit on Suicide Research hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and the International Academy of Suicide Research (IASR).

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Key Findings: Enhancing suicide prevention for women veterans in VA reproductive healthcare (RHC) settings is promising. Integrating suicide prevention in these settings may be especially helpful for women veterans experiencing more mental health symptoms or expressing suicidality. Women veterans indicate that suicide risk screening and prevention in RHC settings is welcome, especially when rapport or trust has been established with their RHC provider.

December 2019

Findings from this study were presented for the December 2019 Health Services Research and Development cyber seminar.

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Key Findings: The Female Veteran Suicide Prevention Act of 2016 mandated that the VA work to identify mental healthcare and suicide prevention programs that are most effective for and tailored to women veteran’s needs. Women veterans of reproductive age (18-44 years) are the fastest growing sub-group of Veterans, and reproductive health care (RHC) services are the most commonly sought medical services for these women. Working with women veterans to screen and treat mental health conditions or suicidality within RHC settings shows promise for upstream suicide prevention efforts.

March 2020

Study findings were also presented to the monthly VA Women’s Mental Health teleconferencing series alongside other recent research regarding suicide prevention among women veterans.

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Key Findings: Reproductive health conditions are among the most frequently treated conditions for women veterans using VA services, particularly for younger or more recently separated women veterans. Often reproductive health diagnoses occur with medical and mental health conditions that can increase suicide risk (e.g., depression, PTSD, insomnia, body pain, or substance use), so asking about these co-occurrences in trusted RHC settings may provide an opportunity for enhanced suicide prevention for women veterans.

August & October 2020

Findings related to enhancing recruitment of women veterans into suicide prevention research were published online for the journal, Research in Nursing and Health in August 2020 (doi.org/10.1002/nur.22065). This article will also be published in the print edition of the journal in October 2020.

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Key Findings: Survey response rates among the women veterans increased significantly when women were provided with enhanced, rapport building recruitment materials and offered multiple way to complete the survey (i.e., online and paper). Women living in rural areas were more likely to respond by paper than online. These findings suggest that it is important for researchers to consider enhancing recruitment materials and offering both paper and online survey options in future research with women veterans.

Please check-back for soon for updated findings.