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 week’s guest
Kate Hendricks Thomas is a behavioral medicine researcher and master certified health education specialist. She studies evidence-based mental fitness and peak performance and is the author of several books. Thomas is passionate about education and teaches for George Mason University’s Department of Global and Community Health.
Thomas is an academic researcher, storyteller, and U.S. Marine Corps veteran. Her TEDx speeches provide a glimpse into Thomas’ unique ability to make science accessible and actionable for everyday audiences.
She is a writer and researcher at heart, and has authored over 100 scientific publications and presentations. Her behavioral health research, published in journals like Best Practices in Mental Health, the Journal of Environmental Psychology, and Military Behavioral Health, has been praised as “masterful” and “constructive.” She writes for a diverse array of popular blogs and newspapers – her social commentary has been featured on NPR and BBC and published in The Hill and in The Washington Post.
Links Mentioned in this Episode:
Invisible Veterans: What Happens When Military Women Become Civilians Again
Stopping Military Suicides: Veteran Voices to Prevent Deaths
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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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