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 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.

  • 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?

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