HST128 – Dr. Keita Franklin – VA Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention


About Today’s Guest:

Dr. Keita Franklin, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the National Director of Suicide Prevention for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. Dr. Franklin serves as the principal advisor to VA leadership for all matters pertaining to suicide prevention. She leads a team of experts engaged in research, program evaluation, innovation, program development, data and surveillance, and partnerships. Before joining VA, Dr. Franklin served as the Director of the Defense Suicide Prevention Office where she was responsible for policy and oversight of the U.S. Department of Defense suicide prevention programs.

She is a licensed social worker with a specialization in children and families, and has a PhD in social work with specialized training and certifications from the Center for Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis. Dr. Franklin received a leadership award from Virginia Commonwealth University for leading efforts to help train and advise the social work profession on working with military families.

In this Episode, you will learn:

  • Dr. Franklin’s background and experience
  • The complexity of suicide
  • VA Suicide Prevention Program
  • Public Health Approach to addressing veteran suicide
  • Partnerships with community to address the problem
  • #BeThere
  • Peer Support
  • Potential causes for the increase in veteran suicides
  • Asking the question about military service

Links Mentioned in this Episode:

www.bethereforveterans.com


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Duane K. L. France is a combat veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as a mental health counselor practicing in the state of Colorado. Do you want to join the conversation regarding veteran mental health? Share, like, and comment. Read Duane's previous posts and follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn. Keep the conversation about #veteranmentalhealth going.

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