One of the Greatest Weapons in the Miltary’s Arsenal was Useless Without the Head space and Timing Gauge. Veterans Can Be Rendered Inoperable if their Headspace and Timing is Not Set Correctly As Well.

Mental Health from a Combat Veteran Perspective

Searching for a Solution to Veteran Suicides: A Public Health Approach

Searching for a Solution to Veteran Suicides: A Public Health Approach

The veteran suicide epidemic is persistent, and growing. Within a five day period from the 6th to the 10th of April, the end result of the nation’s inability to adequately address this problem was on full display. Three veterans took their own lives in a highly visible way, in a very public place: their localRead more about Searching for a Solution to Veteran Suicides: A Public Health Approach[…]

National Suicide Awareness Month 2018

National Suicide Awareness Month 2018

September is National Suicide Awareness Month. In a recent conversation, an acquaintance questioned the need for all of these “awareness months.” Why a specific month for checking on your buddy? Why not all the time? Absolutely correct, of course, but having a specific time period that brings it into the national consciousness is one thatRead more about National Suicide Awareness Month 2018[…]

HS&T Extra: Suicide Prevention and Intervention

HS&T Extra: Suicide Prevention and Intervention

At the time I write this, two highly visible figures took their own life and dies by suicide within the last week. I’ve written about suicide before, but once again wanted to share options for support for service members, veterans, and their families seeking support in times of crisis. VA Suicide Prevention Hotline One optionRead more about HS&T Extra: Suicide Prevention and Intervention[…]

A Serious Look at a Serious Subject: Veteran Suicide

A Serious Look at a Serious Subject: Veteran Suicide

There is an epidemic of veteran suicide in our nation, and around the world. As has been identified by several different studies, the rate of veteran suicide compared to those who have never served in the military is significant. There are a lot of discussions about it, attempts to overcome it, and studies to understandRead more about A Serious Look at a Serious Subject: Veteran Suicide[…]

National Suicide Prevention Week 2017

National Suicide Prevention Week 2017

It’s impossible to talk about Veteran Mental Health without addressing the elephant in the room: veteran suicide. The crisis surrounding veteran suicide is at epic proportions, and have been for quite a while. The Secretary of Veterans Affairs, David Shulkin, has made combating veteran suicide the top clinical priority of the organization. It’s a controversialRead more about National Suicide Prevention Week 2017[…]

A Resource for How to Respond to a Veteran Contemplating Suicide

A Resource for How to Respond to a Veteran Contemplating Suicide

Today’s resource is one that has been written for an external source. Before retiring from the Army, one of my roles in my unit was as a suicide prevention coordinator, and I went through the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) that helps leaders, first responders, community members, etc., to be able to respond toRead more about A Resource for How to Respond to a Veteran Contemplating Suicide[…]

Insights from the 2016 Veteran Suicide Data Report: An Infographic

Insights from the 2016 Veteran Suicide Data Report: An Infographic

The epidemic of Veteran suicide is pervasive and insidious. As we celebrate those who serve our nation through military service, it would be well if we could take the time to have an honest conversation about the impact of veteran suicide. CLICK HERE TO VEW A LARGER VERSION OF THIS INFOGRAPHIC The source of informationRead more about Insights from the 2016 Veteran Suicide Data Report: An Infographic[…]