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 Spotlight: Military Behavioral Health Technicians
Suicide Prevention Spotlight: Military Behavioral Health TechniciansSeptember 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
How Digital Innovation Can Boost Suicide Prevention EffortsSeptember 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
Managing Suicide Risk and Access to Firearms: Guidelines for ProvidersSeptember 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
Planning for the Worst: A Commander’s Guide to Suicide PostventionSeptember 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
The Military Suicide Research Consortium Studies the Full Spectrum of Suicide in the MilitarySeptember 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.
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.