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.

  • Suicide Awareness Month 2020: Lessons Learned from Medical Reviews of Airmen who Die by Suicide September 24, 2020

    A death by suicide can affect everyone in the individual’s life including family, friends, colleagues and health care providers who may have been treating the individual. Providers are not immune from suicide’s psychological toll. Perceived guilt and grief can impact the health of providers in unexpected ways. It is important for providers to remember that death by suicide is a multifaceted phenomenon which is notoriously difficult to predict.

  • Clinicians and Leaders: Principal Partners for Suicide Prevention in the Marine Corps September 21, 2020

    Effective suicide prevention is made up of collaborative partnerships and coordinated preventive resources designed to provide skills to mitigate stress, identify service members in distress, provide mitigation intervention, and work together to help service members get back in the fight. Service members in distress benefit from a dedicated support network that includes family members, friends, peers, military leaders, clinicians, and other resources. 

  • Lessons from Suicide Attempts among U.S. Army Soldiers During Deployment September 17, 2020

    Since 2009, a team of investigators at universities across the U.S. have carried out the Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (Army STARRS) to improve understanding of suicidal thoughts and behaviors among Army soldiers. Combining more than a billion Army and Defense Department records with detailed questionnaires that were completed by more than 100,000 soldiers, Army STARRS is the largest study of suicide risk and resilience ever conducted in the U.S. military.

  • 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.

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