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.

  • How Digital Innovation Can Boost Suicide Prevention Efforts September 23, 2019

    Service members may have a hard time recognizing when “normal” routines – like regularly getting less than seven hours of sleep each night – are negatively impacting their health. It can also be difficult to recognize when these routines or behaviors are really signs of more serious psychological health concerns. PHCoE’s Real Warriors Campaign aims to empower members of the military community with tools to take charge of their psychological health and reduce barriers to seeking care.

  • Managing Suicide Risk and Access to Firearms: Guidelines for Providers September 16, 2019

    The long-awaited update to the VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) for the Assessment and Management of Patients at Risk for Suicide was released in August and included the newest, evidence-based recommendations for managing one of our most critical patient populations. These updates provide us, as clinicians, an opportunity to review and renew our practice to ensure we are offering our very best to those trusting themselves to our care.

  • Planning for the Worst: A Commander’s Guide to Suicide Postvention September 9, 2019

    When a military suicide or suicide attempt occurs, it clearly has a significant negative impact on those closely associated with the service member. But how far reaching can that impact be and what can those in leadership positions do to foster recovery among those who are affected?

  • The Military Suicide Research Consortium Studies the Full Spectrum of Suicide in the Military September 3, 2019

    The Military Suicide Research Consortium (MSRC) was stood up in 2010 with significant funding from the Department of Defense (DoD) as an effort to tackle the entire range of the suicide problem for the U.S. military. In its first five years this involved creating the infrastructure to adequately support a broad range of research efforts, soliciting and reviewing research proposals, providing funding to conduct the work, and ensuring that projects were successfully completed.

  • Planning for Suicide Prevention Month? PHCoE Can Help August 26, 2019

    Each year, September marks Suicide Prevention Month, a time to highlight important messages about suicide risk and available treatments and resources. The Defense Health Agency’s theme for 2019 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.

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