This podcast from Military Times examines the alarming rate of military and veterans suicide, offering new insights based on research and effective clinical and peer support practices in suicide prevention. Hosted by Duane France, a retired Army combat veteran, author and mental health counselor, and Shauna Springer, a psychologist, author and nationally recognized expert on initiatives to benefit the military community, the podcast aims to move beyond awareness to identify actionable strategies that can impact the rising suicide rate among service members, veterans, and their families.
About this show
Duane and Shauna reflect on the themes that emerged from the collective series, which include:
• Coordination and collaboration, featuring MSG Tom Cruz
• Public health approach, featuring Dr. Matt Miller
• Risk factors/warning signs featuring USMC Veteran David Bachmann
• Reaching out to support, featuring MG(R) Mark Graham
• Reducing stigma, featuring Kim Ruocco
Other themes that emerged from the conversations include:
• Identification of individuals at risk
• Lethal means
• Community intervention
• Suicide survivor
• Importance of connectedness
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Shauna's latest book: Warrior: How to Support Those Who Protect Us
Duane's latest book: Military in the Rear View Mirror: Mental Health and Wellness in Post-Military Life
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