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As we reach the end of an unprecedented year, we want to thank you for your continued service to Veterans who are at risk for suicide. We are available now and throughout the year ahead to support the important work that you do.

Sincere wishes for a joyful and peaceful holiday season.

— Drs. Bridget Matarazzo & Hal Wortzel
(Co-Directors of Suicide Risk Management Consultation Program)



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National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report

The 2020 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report was released on November 12, 2020. The report includes findings from VA's most recent analysis of Veteran suicide data from 2005 to 2018. While the report shows the continuing problem of suicide among U.S. adults and among Veterans, it details the outpouring of support for coordinated suicide prevention efforts at the local, regional and national levels to implement a public health approach to end suicide.

VA Office of Mental Health and Suidice Prevention: 2020 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report
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SRM program featured on Vantage Point blog

The provider-to-provider relationship built during an SRM consultation is unique. It creates a confidential space for providers treating Veterans at risk for suicide to receive tailored resources, training and support from other providers who can empathize and relate. Read more about SRM provider-to-provider support on VAntage Point.

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Social Connection: MIRECC Short Takes Podcast

Social connection is a key aspect of suicide prevention in older adulthood. In this podcast episode, Dr. Kimberly Van Orden, who researches isolation and connection in older adulthood, talks to Dr. Lisa Brenner about her background in suicide prevention and older adulthood, benefits and vulnerabilities associated with aging, and why social connectedness is especially important in later life. She tells listeners about social connection planning and describes the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy model for helping older adults cope with isolation.

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Therapeutic Risk Management for Violence: Clinical Risk Assessment

The Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Suicide Prevention has published the first two articles of the 5-part series on Therapeutic Risk Management for Violence.

Read Part 1 – Therapeutic Risk Management for Violence: Clinical Risk Assessment

Read Part 2 – Therapeutic Risk Management for Violence: Augmenting Clinical Risk Assessment With Structured Instruments

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Holiday Stress: Coping Tips

Coping with holiday stress can be difficult, especially in these uncertain times. Please see this helpful resource from the Mayo Clinic which addresses some holiday coping tips.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Resources for Managing Stress

The pandemic can cause psychological and emotional stress. This in turn, can take a toll on one's physical wellbeing. Access self-care resources for providers and the community.

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Providers, Make Your Voice Heard: COVID-19 Impact Study

The Rocky Mountain MIRECC is conducting a research study about the impact of COVID-19 on health care provider's mental and physical wellbeing. We encourage all providers (and those in training) to participate!

We are seeking health care providers to participate in a research study about the impact of COVID-19 on their physical and mental health

SRM Lecture Series

Join us for the SRM Monthly Lecture Series and earn free CEUs! Presentations occur on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 2 pm ET.


Upcoming Topics:

  • December — Treating PTSD in the Context of Suicidality by Drs. Lisa-Ann Cuccurullo and Sadie Larsen
  • January — TBI and Suicide Risk by Dr. Lisa Brenner
  • February — Providing Support to Those Who Care for Veterans at High Risk by Drs. Barbara Dausch and Katy Barrs
  • March — Veterans Crisis Line (VCL) Overview by Dr. Lisa Kearney

Click here for more information on upcoming and previous lectures.

  SRM Lecture Series: Save the date... every 2nd Wednesday of the month

Highlight: SRM Consultant, Dr. Megan Harvey

  Dr. Megan Harvey

Dr. Megan Harvey is a licensed psychologist at the Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Veteran Suicide Prevention. Dr. Harvey joined VA in 2018 and serves as the program evaluator for the Suicide Risk Management Consultation Program, a consultant for the Advanced Training in the Safety Planning Intervention (ASPI) and is a member of the technical assistance team for the National Suicide Risk Identification Strategy. Dr. Harvey's interests include evidence-based interventions that promote recovery and mitigate suicide risk and program evaluation. She believes strongly in the mission of VHA and is honored to care for our Veterans. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and camping with her family. Learn more about the rest of the team on our website.


What Providers Are Saying About SRM

In the past three months, providers who used SRM reported the following on a survey about the impact of consultation:

100% reported being satisfied or very satisfied with the consultation" title="100% reported being satisfied or very satisfied with the consultation 94% indicated that consult recommendations led to enhanced suicide risk assessment and/or management for the specific case  

"I feel more confident in my ability to navigate challenging situations with at-risk patients, I feel well supported by my colleagues and, now, this great resource."

—VA Provider feedback from the SRM satisfaction survey, in the context of suicide risk assessment/management


How to Request a Consult

To request a free consult, email and one of our team members will be in touch to get you connected with a consultant.

Request a consult   Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 (press 1) or Text to 83255
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