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.

  • Understanding Impacts of Stalking in Service Members: Tips for Providers April 20, 2020

    In recent years the Department of Defense has made strides in sexual assault prevention and response, including an increased focus on addressing sexual assault of men in the military. Less attention has been given to the psychological health consequences of stalking.

  • Alleviating Panic Symptoms When Wearing Protective Equipment: Lessons from the Military Frontlines April 17, 2020

    Among the iconic images from the heroic response to the coronavirus pandemic are the faces of medical professionals bruised by personal protective equipment during long hospital shifts. As anyone in the military who has done field training exercises in MOPP4 gear knows, this equipment can be extremely uncomfortable. In some cases, breathing through personal protective equipment can lead to panic attacks and other claustrophobic symptoms.

  • 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.


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