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 Prevention for Veterans: Safety Planning Intervention and Phone Follow-up Helps Lower Suicide Risk September 17, 2018

    What is the Safety Planning Intervention (SPI)?

  • Achieving the Promise of Suicidality Interventions: Managing vs. Treating Suicide Risk in Service Members September 10, 2018

    The Department of Defense has stakes in both managing suicidality to reduce risk, and treating suicidality to resolve risk in its service members because both aim to reduce suicide deaths.

  • Military Suicide Prevention: The Power of a Caring Letter September 4, 2018

    Author Kevin Hines frequently speaks publicly about his suicide attempt at the Golden Gate Bridge in an effort to try and help others who are struggling with thoughts and feelings of suicide. One of the things he shares about that day is that he had decided in advance that if just one person asked him what he was doing, or cared enough to check in with him, he would stop and ask for help. 

    Sometimes, simply caring can save a life.

  • September is Coming Soon: Find Resources for Your Military Suicide Prevention Month Activities August 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 July 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. 

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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.