For news and information on prevention and early intervention in behavioral health related to the military and veterans, please see the below posts.
A survey by the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of American (IAVA) found that two out of every five of their members know another veteran who committed suicide. On February 12, President Obama signed a federal bill to help veterans access quality mental health services, according to an article by Peter Baker in the New York … Continue reading President Signs Bill to Save Veterans from Suicide
With increasing awareness of the challenges of returning veterans, from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to other mental illnesses, representatives of the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are promoting the Campaign to Change Direction, a program of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). An article by the Military … Continue reading Veterans and PTSD: Campaign to Change Direction
This free, online, interactive course for health care professionals provides a conceptual framework for military culture and its impact on psychological health and treatment. It also covers the most common stressors in military culture and their impact on service members and Veterans. The course includes a self-assessment tool for military culture competence, and a checklist … Continue reading FREE Online Course on Military Culture: Core Competencies for Healthcare Professionals
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Public Health has created an infograph to highlight the findings of a recent study of veterans. Among deployed and non-deployed veterans who served during the Iraq or Afghanistan wars between 2001 and 2007, the rate of suicide was greatest the first three years after leaving service, … Continue reading Suicide Risk and Risk of Death in Veterans