More than 200 people recently participated in the first installment of the Cohen Veteran’s Network free, weekly public webinars in recognition of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. The series, co-presented along with the Center for Deployment Psychology, is an effort for CVN to extend its commitment to saving lives, saving families and saving futures.
The first webinar was titled “Suicide Survivorship: Applying TAPS Best-Practice Model to Support Military Families, Veterans, and Clinicians.” This unit was given by the nationally-recognized Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors and presented by Shauna Springer, PhD and Kimberly Ruocco, MSW. Both experts provided an overall look at the challenges faced by those dealing with the loss of a loved one by suicide, as well as information on evidence-based practices to treat suicide survivors with a goal of bringing brokenness to hope and healing.
CVN has treated more than 7,600 clients since its public launch in April 2016. The network has learned first-hand that many clients screen positive at intake for elevated risk for suicide, so we must ensure our clinicians are well-trained to assess for and reduce risk to save lives. The VA has indicated that 14 of the reported 20 veteran suicides per day were not seen in their system.
Staff members from each of the 10 Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinics will be participating in all of the webinars, and the entire series is open to the public to join every Thursday during the month of September from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. EST. The topics are as follows:
Suicide Prevention for Veterans with Other Than Honorable Discharges
Register here: https://goo.gl/VD16eu
Achieving the Promise of Suicidality Interventions: What Do We Know and How Do We Use It?
Register here: https://goo.gl/EeHfrK
Lethal Means Safety Counseling to Reduce Suicide Risk
Register here: https://goo.gl/w5Edhx
By Hope Salley
CVN Communications Manager