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About Today’s Guest:

As Vice President of Community Partnerships at Cohen Veterans Network, Dr. Caitlin Thompson is responsible for establishing and maintaining critical national and local collaborations between CVN and public-private partners.

She was most recently Executive Director of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Suicide Prevention, leading VA’s integrated public health approach to suicide prevention. She was responsible for the Office’s vision and mission, including the development of VA suicide prevention policy initiatives, education for Veterans and health care providers about suicide awareness and prevention, and dissemination and implementation of assessment and treatment strategies across the Veterans Health Administration. A licensed clinical psychologist, Thompson directed VA’s epidemiological and clinical research in suicide prevention and is recognized internationally as an authority on Veteran suicide prevention. Prior to her work in the VA Suicide Prevention Office, she spent five years as the clinical care coordinator for the Veterans/Military Crisis Line.

Thompson has a BA in music from Brown University and an MEd and PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Virginia.

In this Episode, you will learn:

  • Caitlin’s background and experience
  • The common experience of suicide
  • Access to mental health for various types of service members and veterans
  • Cultural competence for mental health providers
  • Mental health resources for spouses and family members
  • “Bad paper” as a barrier to care

Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Cohen Veterans Network Website 

Cohen Veterans Network on Social Media:




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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.