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

Counseling Today: Suicide prevention strategies with the military-affiliated population

Counseling Today: Suicide prevention strategies with the military-affiliated population

              This article was originally published in the November issue of Counseling Today. Counseling Today is the official professional publication of the American Counseling Association. It was written in cooperation with the Department of Veteran Affairs Suicide Prevention Office.   Thank you, as always, for your support! If you have suggestionsRead more about Counseling Today: Suicide prevention strategies with the military-affiliated population[…]

Moving Towards Stigma Reduction and Improving Treatment Seeking Behavior

Moving Towards Stigma Reduction and Improving Treatment Seeking Behavior

In any community, people speak in lowered voices about the place that people go when they’re in psychological distress. It’s derogatorily called the “loony bin” or the “nuthouse.” The conversation gets chill and people quickly change the subject when you hear of someone who went to the local psychiatric hospital. We don’t react that wayRead more about Moving Towards Stigma Reduction and Improving Treatment Seeking Behavior[…]

Combating Veteran Suicides: Increase Postvention Support

Combating Veteran Suicides: Increase Postvention Support

This is the sixth of a series of posts looking at how to impact the veteran suicide epidemic using a public health approach. You can see the original overview post here.  When we’re talking about reducing service member, veteran, and military family (SMVF) suicide, we have to acknowledge the fact that it’s happening. We can’tRead more about Combating Veteran Suicides: Increase Postvention Support[…]

Combating Veteran Suicides: Increase Lethal Means Safety

Combating Veteran Suicides: Increase Lethal Means Safety

This is the sixth of a series of posts looking at how to impact the veteran suicide epidemic using a public health approach. You can see the original overview post here.  Not all suicide prevention methods are without controversey. Whether they should or shouldn’t be isn’t important; the fact is that lethal means safety isRead more about Combating Veteran Suicides: Increase Lethal Means Safety[…]

Combating Veteran Suicides: Improving Access to Responsive Care

Combating Veteran Suicides: Improving Access to Responsive Care

This is the fifth of a series of posts looking at how to impact the veteran suicide epidemic using a public health approach. You can see the original overview post here.  Several years ago, a veteran walked into their local Vet Center the Friday after Christmas. They’d been out of the military for a coupleRead more about Combating Veteran Suicides: Improving Access to Responsive Care[…]

Combating Veteran Suicides: Improving Education and Awareness

Combating Veteran Suicides: Improving Education and Awareness

This is the fourth of a series of posts looking at how to impact the veteran suicide epidemic using a public health approach. You can see the original overview post here.  In the last year before I retired from the Army, I was an instructor for a suicide prevention and awareness program called Applied SuicideRead more about Combating Veteran Suicides: Improving Education and Awareness[…]

Combating Veteran Suicides: Increasing Economic Stability

Combating Veteran Suicides: Increasing Economic Stability

This is the third of a series of posts looking at how to impact the veteran suicide epidemic using a public health approach. You can see the original overview post here.  I have seen this over and over again: a veteran’s psychological wellbeing is directly tied to their economic wellbeing. It’s a critical aspect ofRead more about Combating Veteran Suicides: Increasing Economic Stability[…]

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[…]