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.

  • U.S. Navy Suicide Deep Dive: Missed Opportunities and Recommendations September 14, 2020

    The Navy conducts an annual Multidisciplinary Suicide Case Review, commonly referred to as the Deep Dive, during which a board of experts reviews all suicides from a calendar year. It is organized by the Navy’s Suicide Prevention Program, which is housed in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations’ 21st Century Sailor Office (OPNAV N17).

  • Health Care Workers and Suicide Risk September 8, 2020

    Over the past six months, we’ve been encouraged and uplifted to see recognition and praise for health care workers fighting on the frontlines of the Coronavirus response, including military medical personnel supporting the effort around the world. News coverage highlights the heroic work and sacrifices of physicians, nurses, emergency care providers, physical therapists, nursing home caregivers, rehabilitation specialists, and other health care team members. And sadly, there have been a few high-profile stories about physician suicide.

  • “Connect to Protect” this September Suicide Prevention Month August 31, 2020

    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 theme for 2020 Suicide Prevention Month is “Connect to Protect” which highlights the important role that connections to family, friends, the community, and resources can play in preventing suicide. The goal is to encourage people to learn more about suicide warning signs, risk factors and supportive responses so they can be there for a family member, friend, or peer who may be at risk.

  • The 2020 Research Gaps Report: Suicide Prevention Research Priorities August 3, 2020

    How do we know which military health research is most important in any given year? The Military Health System is confronted with many competing priorities for optimizing military health and readiness. With finite resources, it is vital that researchers and funding agencies know which research needs are greatest and which studies might give the best value in meeting those needs.

  • New Resources for Assessment and Management of Suicide Risk Toolkit May 29, 2020

    One thing I’ve learned from this Mental Health Awareness Month is that we all #NeedALittleHelp sometimes. During these unprecedented times, many of us are seeking online resources to help us take care of those we love and others under our care. For those who have loved ones or patients struggling with suicidal thoughts and feelings, this may be an especially stressful time when resources and support are needed most.

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