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.

  • Getting Left of the Boom: Reducing the Availability of Lethal Means Before a Suicidal Crisis Starts September 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.

    Creating time and space

  • Basic Steps of a Suicide Risk Assessment for Providers Serving Military Populations September 11, 2017

    The increasing focus on stemming the tide of the opioid epidemic in the U.S. has highlighted the risk for opioid overdose in individuals who are or become suicidal while taking opioids. In order to mitigate overdose risk, the 2017 VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain advises prescribers and other clinicians working with opioids to assess their patients for suicide risk before initiating long-term opioid therapy as well as when continuing treatment.

  • Chaplains and Confidentiality of Suicide-related Communication: Are There Limits? September 5, 2017

    As the Department of Defense (DoD) continues to be faced with high rates of suicide across the services, it sometimes depends on chaplains to be on the front lines. However, the responsibilities of chaplains in relation to a suicidal individual may be unclear for both service members and health care professionals alike. This blog will briefly define limits of confidentiality for chaplains who receive information related to suicide.

  • Managing the Aftermath of a Hurricane: Resources Make a Difference August 31, 2017 (Updated: October 4, 2017)

    In the wake of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, service members and their families living in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have been impacted and may be displaced from their homes. Access to emergency response resources can make a critical difference for those impacted by the hurricanes and providers should encourage service members, veterans and military families to leverage all available resources.

    General Hurricane Assistance and Information

    Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Six Tips for Medical Providers to Combat Stigma August 28, 2017

    Are you aware that knowledge of your patient’s mental health status may influence the type or quality of care you provide?

    In its 2014 report titled Mental Health Stigma in the Military, RAND Corporation addressed interrelated forms of stigma that could prevent service members from seeking mental health treatment:

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