Reach Out - Veterans: Suicide Prevention - PTSD Monthly Update, September 2021

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PTSD Monthly Update - News Relevant to the Issues of Trauma and PTSD

September 2021


Suicide Prevention Month - Reach out.

Reach Out During Suicide Prevention Month

During Suicide Prevention Month, held in September, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) works to raise awareness of Veteran suicide prevention and empower Veterans to connect with the resources they need now to prevent suicide later.

Whether Veterans are looking for clinical care, counseling, assistance with benefits, or something else, local and national tools and resources are available.

Crisis resources are also available. The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource that connects Veterans or their loved ones to a real person specially trained to support Veterans. Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, text to 838255, or chat online at, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Veterans don’t have to be enrolled in VA health care or registered with VA to use the Veterans Crisis Line.


Find out more... 

For Providers


PTSD Consultation Program

Treating Veterans with PTSD? We can help.

Any healthcare provider treating Veterans can ask our expert clinicians a question.  Meet our consultants and get started.

PTSD Monthly Lecture Series

October 20, 2021 at 2pm ET - Social Support to Reduce Risk of PTSD and Other Negative Outcomes byTara Galovski, PhD

  • Mark your calendar for the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 2pm ET
  • Subscribe to monthly emails to find out how to join live lectures.
  • Registration is required to receive free continuing education credit for attending the live lecture.

Resources of the Month

Integrating Mobile Apps with Mental Health Care - Tech into Care can help you learn how to integrate mobile mental health applications (apps) into care for Veterans. Our apps provide self-help, education and support for PTSD and related issues. Health care professionals can use the treatment companion apps with Veterans to keep them engaged between sessions. Most of the apps are available for both iOS and Android devices.

Provider Guide to Addressing Veterans' Reactions to Current Events in Afghanistan - Read tips on how to check in with and support Veterans who served in Afghanistan, or other conflicts, who may be experiencing strong emotions related to the U.S withdrawal from the country.

Research at the Center

Emotion-based Psychotherapy for Women with PTSD, eating disorders

A new study exploring how PTSD may impact treatment outcomes for women with eating disorders suggests an emotion-based psychotherapy is a promising treatment for patients with or without PTSD. The psychotherapy, known as the Unified Treatment Model (UTM), addresses problems with emotions that are relevant to many mental disorders, and also focuses on learning to accept the shape of one’s own body and on exposure to feared or forbidden foods. Over 3,000 patients were treated with 65% showing signs of improvement.

PTSD in the News

9/11 Changed How Doctors Treat PTSD


Dr. Paula Schnurr, Executive Director, talks with the Smithsonian Magazine about research in the 20 years since the September 11th attacks has led to better therapies for those diagnosed with trauma disorders

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Apps to Support Your Mental Health

Our mobile apps team talks with U.S. News and World Report about PTSD Coach mobile app.

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Thank you,

The Staff of VA’s National Center for PTSD

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