Suicide is a public health crisis in America. Those who have served, as well as their families, are at a much greater risk of suicide than people without military experience. Join Dr. Craig Bryan for an overview of the Crisis Response Plan and how it has helped Veterans and others who are at risk for suicide.

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Grief and Trauma

Subject Matter Expert: Shauna Springer, Ph.D.

In “Grief and Trauma,” Dr. Shauna Springer explains that grief and trauma are different challenges -- and that they require different healing strategies. At the end of this course, the learner will understand symptoms common to both grief and trauma after suicide loss, describe why grief is often overlooked in clinical settings where Veterans and military families are served, and understand why it is important to treat trauma after suicide loss before treating grief.

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Talking to a service member or Veteran about suicide -- and asking the right questions -- are the first steps in saving a life. To create an open, honest discussion about mental health, and to actively prevent more Veterans,and your loved ones, from dying by suicide, caregivers and spouses should use the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale, or C-SSRS. Learn more about the Columbia Scale, including a step-by-step explanation about how to use it, with Dr. Kelly Posner, Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University and founder of the Columbia Lighthouse Project.

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Talking to a fellow service member or Veteran about suicide and asking the right questions are the first steps in saving a life. To create an open, honest discussion about mental health, and to actively prevent more of your brothers and sisters who have served from dying by suicide, military members and Veterans should use the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS). Learn more about the Columbia Scale, including step-by-step instructions on how to use it, with Dr. Kelly Posner, Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University and Founder of the Columbia Lighthouse Project.

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Talking to a fellow service member or Veteran about suicide and asking the right questions are the first steps in saving a life. To create an open, honest discussion about mental health, and to actively prevent more of your brothers and sisters who have served from dying by suicide, military members and Veterans should use the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS). Learn more about the Columbia Scale, including step-by-step instructions on how to use it, with Dr. Kelly Posner, Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University and Founder of the Columbia Lighthouse Project.

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“Finding Stability After Suicide Loss” explains that suicide loss survivors often find it hard to reach out for help, and the people in their lives are often unsure how to help. This experience is very common among the survivors served at Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, or TAPS. This was also the personal experience of the course narrator, Kim Ruocco, MSW. She is the surviving spouse of Marine Corps Maj. John Ruocco, and she serves as the Vice President of Suicide Prevention and Postvention at TAPS. Ruocco shares her story, and outlines strategies everyone can use to help a suicide survivor.

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Talking to a service member or Veteran about suicide -- and asking the right questions -- are the first steps in saving a life. To create an open, honest discussion about mental health, and to actively prevent more Veterans from dying by suicide, healthcare providers should use the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale, or C-SSRS. Dr. Kelly Posner, Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University and founder of the Columbia Lighthouse Project, narrates this comprehensive look at the Columbia Scale for healthcare providers.

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In this course, “Unit Stabilization After Suicide Loss,” Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors VP and suicide survivor Kim Ruocco shares how the TAPS Postvention Model of Support can be applied to advising military leaders following the suicide loss of service members in a military unit.

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Join Dr. Shauna Springer representing the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) as she discusses how the TAPS’ Suicide Postvention Model helped suicide loss survivor and Marine Corps Veteran Dana O’Brien address his grief. Through telling O’Brien’s story, the course, “Treating Grief in the Veteran Population,” provides practical ways to help Veterans express their grief and loss.

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Join Dr. Shauna Springer representing TAPS as she discusses how the TAPS’ Suicide Postvention Model’s third phase, posttraumatic growth, has affected one particular survivor. Through telling the story of TAPS Peer Mentor and retired Army Chief Warrant Officer 3, Jon Ganues, Sr., “Posttraumatic Growth After Loss” explains how opportunities for growth are possible even after devastation.

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Healthcare providers can support and encourage Veteran patients to seek treatment by recognizing the mental health stigma that exists in military culture. Understand how military personnel may associate mental health providers with negative evaluations, which creates a barrier to treatment, and learn the differences between the mission-focus of military service and individual-focus of mental health treatment. Dr. Shauna Springer, the Senior Director of Suicide Prevention and Postvention Initiatives at Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), discusses how those differences affect mental health and explains how to help military or Veteran patients overcome barriers to seeking treatment.

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Postvention is a term unfamiliar to many people, yet it is a critical component of suicide prevention. It refers to actions taken following a suicide that promote healing and decrease risk in those exposed. Dr. Shauna Springer, the Senior Director of Suicide Prevention and Postvention Initiatives at Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), discusses postvention and why it is important. TAPS has served thousands of survivors of suicide loss over the past decade, and in the process, they developed and refined a best-practice postvention model. Learn about the three phases of this model: Stabilization, Grief Work, and Post-Traumatic Growth.

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S.A.V.E.

Subject Matter Expert: Megan McCarthy, Ph.D.

Our hope for this course is that you will become empowered to play a vital role in suicide prevention. This course was developed in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs and is presented by Dr. Megan McCarthy, Deputy Director, Suicide Prevention. You will develop a general understanding of the problem of suicide in the United States; understand how to identify a Veteran who may be at risk for suicide; and, finally, know what to do if you identify a Veteran at risk. Each of us has the opportunity to be that one person who makes a difference--the person who asks the question that can save a Veteran's life, or the life of anyone struggling with the thoughts of suicide. Using the simple steps of S.A.V.E., we can all make a difference.

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Designed for healthcare providers, this course introduces the Crisis Response Plan for suicide prevention. Hosted by Dr. Craig Bryan, clinical psychologist and Air Force Veteran, the video offers a method for assisting patients that might be at risk. With a focus on the story of the individual patient and helping them identify ways to help themselves, this course adds a useful tool to a provider’s toolkit.

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