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Join Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Suicide Prevention Short Takes on Suicide Prevention to hear leaders in the field. We are especially interested in topics related to Military Veterans. Topics will be relevant for Veterans, care-givers, clinicians and researchers.

Short Takes on Suicide Prevention VA Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Suicide Prevention

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Join Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Suicide Prevention Short Takes on Suicide Prevention to hear leaders in the field. We are especially interested in topics related to Military Veterans. Topics will be relevant for Veterans, care-givers, clinicians and researchers.

    Student Veterans and the Meaning of Life

    Student Veterans and the Meaning of Life

    Searching for the meaning of life is only natural. A meaningful life leads to a sense of purpose, self-esteem and psychological well-being. How do life experiences that are unique to Veterans alter these feelings? In this episode, Dr. Edgar Villarreal speaks with VA researcher Dr. Adam Kinney and Army Veteran, Jeff Moe to find out. They discuss how Kinney’s research, on meaning in life among Student Veterans with combat exposure, relates to Moe’s life experiences. His journey from military to student life led to supporting others as a Student Veteran Outreach Coordinator with the VA VITAL program.
    Transcript Episode 135 Short Takes
    VITAL: VA Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership
    Article Discussed: Protective factors that mitigate the indirect risk of combat exposure upon meaning in life: A longitudinal study of student veterans
    Host: Edgar Villarreal, PhD, is a Psychologist and the Director of Education and Training at the VA Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Suicide Prevention.
    Guest: Jeff Moe, LCSW, is an OEF/OIF Veteran, Social Worker, and Advocate. He currently works as the supervisor of a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Suicide Prevention Telehealth Program that specializes in providing mental health services to at-risk Veterans across most of Texas and parts of New Mexico. Previously, Jeff built on his experience as a Student Veteran and worked for eight years as a VA Student Veteran Outreach Coordinator at colleges and universities in the Austin, Texas area. While in this position, he worked collaboratively with Student Veterans, faculty, and staff to develop peer mentorship and other preventive programming while also providing counseling, health care enrollment, and other support services tailored specifically to Student Veterans.
    Guest: Adam Kinney, PhD, OTR/L, is an occupational therapist who completed his PhD in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Colorado State University in 2019. While pursuing his PhD he collaborated with New Start for Student Veterans, a supported education program for student Veterans, to investigate factors influencing a range of clinical outcomes, including resilience, community reintegration, and academic performance. His current research focuses on improving care quality and associated outcomes for Veterans with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and sleep conditions.

    • 44 min
    PTSD and Exercise: finding recovery through fitness

    PTSD and Exercise: finding recovery through fitness

    It is well known that exercise can improve both physical and mental health. But what about preventing and treating PTSD in Veterans? In this episode, Dr. Edgar Villarreal speaks with researcher Dr. Daniel Reis and Army Veteran Adam Holt. Through the lens of both research and lived experience they explore exercise as an alternative treatment option for Veterans living with PTSD. Reis shares the findings of his article that reviewed research on the effect of exercise on PTSD symptoms in Veterans. And Holt shares his own journey from struggling with trauma, substance use and suicide attempts to literally running from relapse. Holt recently opened a free gym to create an active, sober community and support Veterans in recovery.   Transcript Episode 134 Short Takes
    Article Discussed: Exercise to Reduce Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms in Veterans
    Host: Edgar Villarreal, PhD, is a Psychologist and the Director of Education and Training at the VA Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Suicide Prevention.
    Guest: Adam Holt is a U.S. Army Veteran and the Executive Director of Outsiders Anonymous - a 100% free gym for individuals in recovery, Veterans with PTSD, and the community that supports them. 
    Guest: Daniel Reis, PhD, is an Advanced Fellow in Mental Illness Research and Treatment at the VA Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Suicide Prevention. His research interests include the relationship between lifestyle variables and mental health outcomes as well as the impact of seasonal sunlight on depression treatment outcomes.
    The appearance of external hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by the Department of Veterans Affairs of the linked web sites, or the information, products or services contained therein.

    • 33 min
    Homelessness, Veterans and Suicide Risk: Research Priorities

    Homelessness, Veterans and Suicide Risk: Research Priorities

    Veterans experiencing homelessness face unique challenges that increase their risk for suicide. In this episode, Dr. Edgar Villarreal talks to our guest Dr. Ryan Holliday about the need for research focused on this population. They discuss an article that explores research priorities identified by experts and Veterans with lived experience in suicide prevention and homelessness who came together in a recent VA meeting. Today's conversation covers reaching Veterans with the services they have access to, upstream interventions and the need for tailored approaches for subgroups such as women and men or rural and urban. Targeted research will help broaden suicide prevention efforts beyond mental health interventions to support those experiencing or at risk for homelessness.
    Transcript Episode 133 Short Takes

    Article Discussed: Establishing a Research Agenda for Suicide Prevention Among Veterans Experiencing Homelessness
    Host: Edgar Villarreal, PhD, is a Psychologist and the Director of Education and Training at the VA Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center for Veteran Suicide Prevention.
    Guest: Ryan Holliday, PhD, is a Clinical Research Psychologist at the Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center for Veteran Suicide Prevention and Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

    • 26 min
    Suicide Risk Among Veterans with TBI, ALS and Stroke

    Suicide Risk Among Veterans with TBI, ALS and Stroke

    Acquired neurologic conditions can lead to functional challenges and changes that might increase risk for suicide. In this episode, Dr. Jordan Wyrwa and Dr. Lisa Brenner discuss three recent research papers on suicide rates among Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Stroke. They talk about the similarities and differences of how these conditions impact mental health and offer guidance to providers on suicide risk screening and lethal means safety. Learn more from the resources below. Transcript: Short Takes Episode 132 Transcript
    Articles Discussed:
    Suicide and Traumatic Brain Injury Among Individuals Seeking Veterans Health Administration Services Between Fiscal Years 2006 and 2015
    Suicide Among Veterans with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis 
    Suicide After Stroke in the US Veteran Health Administrative Population
    Lethal Means Safety for Providers:
    Information on lethal means safety 
    Free training on lethal means safety
     
    Guest Bios:
     
    Lisa A. Brenner, Ph.D., is a Board-Certified Rehabilitation Psychologist, a Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), Psychiatry, and Neurology at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, and the Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center. She is also Vice Chair of Research for the Department of PM&R.
    Jordan Wyrwa, DO, is a Board-Eligible Fellow Physician in Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine at Children’s Hospital Colorado. He is a recent graduate of the University of Colorado, PM&R Residency Program.

    • 29 min
    An Observational Study of Cannabis and PTSD

    An Observational Study of Cannabis and PTSD

    Several states in the US have legalized medical cannabis as a treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a condition that many Veterans experience. While many people with PTSD use cannabis products, questions remain about the effectiveness. In today’s conversation, forensic neuropsychiatrist Dr. Hal Wortzel talks with our guest host, Dr. Suzanne McGarity, about his recent observational study on cannabis use among people with PTSD. They discuss the nature of observational studies, the current state of the research and the results of this recent study.
    Transcript: Short Takes Episode 131 Transcript
    Article: The long-term, prospective, therapeutic impact of cannabis on post-traumatic stress disorder.
    About Hal Wortzel: Hal Wortzel, MD, is a forensic neuropsychiatrist at the Denver VA’s Rocky Mountain MIRECC, where he serves as Director VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Illness in Psychiatry, Director of Neuropsychiatric Consultation Services, and Co-Director of the VA Suicide Risk Management Consultation Program. He is also an associate professor of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado. He serves as the Michael K. Cooper Professor of Neurocognitive Disease, Director of the Neuropsychiatry Service, and as faculty for the Division of Forensic Psychiatry. Current areas of clinical and academic focus include aggression and suicide in the context of PTSD and TBI, incarcerated veterans, and the application of emerging neuroscientific tools to the legal arena.

    • 18 min
    Community Partnerships for Preventing Veteran Suicide

    Community Partnerships for Preventing Veteran Suicide

    Short Takes Episode 130 Transcript
    The VA is known as a leader in suicide prevention, offering innovative approaches to preventing Veteran suicide. And yet, many Veterans are not enrolled in VA care. It is therefore imperative that community organizations that serve Veterans have the resources and knowledge to help with veteran suicide prevention. The Patient Safety Center of Inquiry - Suicide Prevention Collaborative is an innovative partnership with community agencies that serve Veterans, such as homeless programs, veteran service organizations, private mental health clinics, and legal services.
    In this episode, Dr. Bryann DeBeer, Clinical Research Psychologist at the Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Veteran Suicide Prevention, tells Adam Hoffberg about the Suicide Prevention Collaborative, which recently won the 2021 National VHA Community Partnership Challenge, and why building community partnership is essential for Veteran suicide prevention.
    About Bryann DeBeer: Dr. Bryann DeBeer is the Director of the VA Patient Safety Center of Inquiry – Suicide Prevention Collaborative, a Clinical Research Psychologist at the VA Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Suicide Prevention, and a Visiting Associate Professor at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Dr. DeBeer received her B.A. in psychology and fine arts from New York University in 2003. She completed her doctoral training in clinical psychology at the University of Maryland, College Park in 2012, and obtained her clinical license in 2014. She joined the Rocky Mountain MIRECC in 2020. Dr. DeBeer has extensive experience in longitudinal assessment, treatment development, and clinical trials, particularly related to PTSD, suicide risk, and complex comorbidities in Veterans. Dr. DeBeer serves as a panel member of the VA Clinical Science Research and Development Data Monitoring Committee.
    Resources:
    Article about the Suicide Prevention Collaborative
    Press Article about the 2021 National VHA Community Partnership Challenge Award

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

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18 Ratings

Jocko 56 ,

Happy to See This Here

I am happy to see this podcast and the VA focus on this issue in this medium. Thank you for pioneering this podcast. I did not know the VA had these education and research centers until this podcast! Very interesting interviews! As a veteran, it shows me that VA is investing heavily into suicide prevention and trying to break it down with suicide prevention leaders. Have to be able to understand it in order to find the best treatments. Very interesting podcast.

Joolie456 ,

This is my fave suicide prevention podcast!

This is my fave suicide prevention podcast! Adam brings in the best guests and really digs deep into their research and practice. I learn tons every time. Thank you, Rocky Mountain MIRECC, for making this excellent show!

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