Clinician's Corner Blog
A PHCoE blog series written by leaders, clinicians and experts on current topics of interest for psychological health care providers in the Military Health System.
September is Coming Soon: Find Resources for Your Military Suicide Prevention Month Activities
September is Coming Soon: Find Resources for Your Military Suicide Prevention Month ActivitiesAugust 20, 2018
Each year September marks Suicide Prevention Month, a time to highlight important messages about suicide risk and available treatments and resources. The Department of Defense and Defense Health Agency theme for 2018 Suicide Prevention Month is “Make it Your Mission to Be There.” The goal is to encourage people to learn more about suicide warning signs and supportive responses so they can be there for a family member, friend or peer who may be at risk.
Department of Defense Releases Annual Report on Military Suicide
Department of Defense Releases Annual Report on Military SuicideJuly 2, 2018
The Department of Defense (DoD) has released its annual report on the occurrence of military suicide for calendar year 2016. PHCoE’s DoD Suicide Event Report (DoDSER) team is currently preparing the 2017 report and we’re also collecting information on cases that, unfortunately, have occurred in 2018.
Just the Facts: Understanding the Patterns of Military Suicides
Just the Facts: Understanding the Patterns of Military SuicidesSeptember 29, 2017
There’s no way around it, suicide is difficult to talk about. This is especially true when trying to apply what we know from epidemiological and clinical science to individual cases that may or may not match the profiles that the science says are associated with the greatest degrees of risk.
Following Up with Suicidal Patients in the Military: Preparation is Key
Following Up with Suicidal Patients in the Military: Preparation is KeySeptember 25, 2017
In the Clinician’s Corner blogs this month, we’ve discussed chaplains and confidentiality, how to assess for suicide risk, and how to discuss means safety.
Getting Left of the Boom: Reducing the Availability of Lethal Means Before a Suicidal Crisis Starts
Getting Left of the Boom: Reducing the Availability of Lethal Means Before a Suicidal Crisis StartsSeptember 18, 2017
Although suicide is a rare behavior, suicide prevention is a key priority for the Military Health System (MHS) and many other health care systems because when a suicide occurs it results in an absolutely catastrophic, and absolutely preventable, outcome. Because the stakes are so very high, experts are working hard to identify and understand the paths that lead to suicide, and how, where and when intervention should occur.
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The views expressed in Clinician's Corner blogs are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Psychological Health Center of Excellence or Department of Defense.