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.

  • 2018 DoD Suicide Event Report Released April 27, 2020

    The 2018 Department of Defense Suicide Event Report (DoDSER) Annual Report was published today. For those who are not familiar with the DoDSER, the report details total numbers of reported suicide deaths and attempts among U.S. service members during the calendar year and describes suicide mortality rates for the military components and services.

  • Stay Home, Stay Engaged: Adapting Safety Plans to a Socially Distanced Society April 16, 2020

    In my previous blog entitled Going Virtual - Can High Quality Safety Planning be Conducted Remotely, we discussed the steps to putting together a robust safety plan for patients at risk of suicide, whether the process is happening face-to-face or via telehealth. Here we’ll discuss how to identify and modify the positive coping strategies that will be listed on those safety plans.

  • Going Virtual: Conducting High Quality Suicide Safety Planning Remotely April 15, 2020

    In response to the current COVID-19 public health crisis, many clinicians are suspending face-to-face care and moving to remote care, via phone or videoconferencing. This can be a big departure from how many clinicians are accustomed to delivering care. It may feel particularly daunting to virtually treat a patient who’s experiencing thoughts of suicide or has been determined to be at an elevated risk for suicide. However, when the elements of a good safety plan are closely examined, I argue there’s nothing that would prevent them from being completed remotely.

  • Suicide Prediction Models in the Military Health System September 30, 2019

    There is growing interest for the Department of Defense (DoD) to implement computer-generated algorithms that use health care data to identify service members at heightened risk for suicide.

  • Suicide Prevention Spotlight: Military Behavioral Health Technicians September 27, 2019

    Who has the most important role in military suicide prevention? Healthcare providers? Commanding officers? Other service members? Everyone? If you’d say “everyone” is the right answer, I wholeheartedly agree! Indeed, military suicide prevention requires the awareness, effort, and support of each member of the military community as well as those in the wider civilian community. However, one of the military’s most crucial suicide prevention assets, and perhaps one of the most unsung, are behavioral health technicians.

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