VA Releases National Suicide Data Report for 2005-2016
Analysis Is Part of VA’s Data-driven Approach to SuicidePrevention
WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released national and state-level findings from its most recent analysis of Veteran suicide data, from 2005 to 2016. The analysis is part of VA’s ongoing examination of non-Veteran and Veteran death records that is being used to evaluate and improve VA’s Suicide Prevention Program.
Join the Facebook Live event with VFW September 18
Traveling to a clinic or a hospital isn’t the only way to see your doctor. Instead of going to the doctor’s office for your health care appointment, why not use a secure video connection from the comfort of your own home? On Tuesday, September 18 at noon ET, VA’s Office of Connected Care and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) are hosting a Facebook Live event to discuss VA Video Connect, VA’s virtual appointment technology.
When you join the Facebook discussion, you will learn how to use the VA Video Connect App to connect with your health care provider using the camera on your phone, computer, or tablet. You’ll even see how you can access your virtual medical room and meet with your VA care team with any device that has an internet connection, a web camera, a microphone, and speakers.
This has been an absolutely great week. It started with a great learning opportunity for me and ended the same way. Wish we could all have such weeks on a regular basis.
I spent last week in Anaheim at the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) national conference getting smart on CAP chaplaincy. Many thanks to the gracious hospitality of the CAP Chief of Chaplains, CH, Col, Charlie Sattgast who invited me to attend. Wednesday was spent with Charlie and his leadership team and was a great immersion process as they reviewed the past year’s events and milestones and looked at the “way ahead”. Continue reading “MCA, CAP, VTVT, VMFC?”
WEBINAR ANNOUNCEMENT: Moral Injury and Female Veterans–A Call for Community
September 4, 2018 • 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time 2:00 p.m. Central • 1:00 p.m. Mountain • 12:00 p.m. Pacific
This Webinar is focused on bringing awareness to specific issues female Veterans face as a result of their military service. Issues spotlighted are directly associated with women’s invisible wounds and morally injurious experiences that are and continue to be “unspoken” and “unaddressed” through the traditional medical models of treatment. Continue reading “Moral Injury and Female Veterans–A Call for Community”
August 20, 2018 Madisonville Tennessee. Pastor Dr. David Koopman celebrates the Church’s 150 anniversary and recognizing the church as the first Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation in Monroe County Tennessee. Vet to Vet Tennessee supported the special celebration by recognizing two Korean War Veterans with the Republic of South Korea’s Ambassador For Peace Medal. Continue reading “150 Anniversary for New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Celebrates Veterans”
On August 20, 2018 Administrative Pastor Devin Lipsey & Celebrate Recovery’s Veteran Facilitator Tommy Keelble from Rio Revolution Church were trained and certified as Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Instructors. Rio Revolution is a new VMFC and hosted the event.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 10-24. In June 2018, Vet to Vet Tennessee (VTVT) initiated a pilot program to help VMFCs Youth leaders teach QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeepers. The vision is to train and certify VMFC youth leaders who will train their youth 10 and above to become Suicide Prevention Gatekeepers. Once trained, the youth gatekeepers will have to knowledge how to ask the question and observe high risk suicidal behavior in the younger members.
VA Chaplain Ron Skaggs notified us of another good site to add to our resource for clergy helping Vets and educating churches. You can view the new site by clicking here and it is not added to the VA resource list in our main menu.
Pastor Mitch Ingram enrolls his Lakeside Missionary Baptist Church into MCA’s VMFC network after being elected as Monroe County Tennessee Mayor. Before his election, Pastor Ingram was not aware of the VMFC program but enrolled as soon as he learned about it. Mayor/Pastor Ingram also supports Veterans Courts, Expungement Clinics, Celebrate Recovery and suicide prevention.
Lakeside Missionary Baptist Church has a very active youth group. Pastor Ingram has agreed to accept a QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper training scholarship from Vet to Vet Tennessee (VTVT) to train his youth leaders and youth about suicide prevention. VTVT not only provides scholarships to VMFCs but also provides all of the suicide prevention material at no cost to the Church. To learn more about QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper training please visit the QPR Institute here.
Mental Health and Chaplaincy is a national initiative that aims to achieve a more collaborative system of care for the benefit of Veterans, Service members, and their families. Emotional, social, psychological, and spiritual needs are interconnected – the professionals and communities that attend to these needs should be coordinated and integrated for optimal care. Mental Health and Chaplaincy seeks to foster this care through a range of educational, research, clinical training, and community outreach activities.
The brief video below highlights faith community and clergy outreach offerings, and we invite you to further explore the site to learn more about our other areas of programmatic engagement.
Click here to view more videos and training opportunities.
It appears that August will be a month with a number of meetings with some at least three sets of our colleagues: First, the VA chaplains will be having a convocation from 14 thru 16 August in Arlington, and MCA plans to have a representative dropping by to provide our greetings and support for our colleagues in this remarkable chaplaincy.
That will be followed by meeting with Civil Air Patrol chaplains at the national CAP conference at the Marriott Anaheim Convention Center, which will be the first time that I’ll be attending the national conference of this distinguished group of colleagues. At the end of the month I’ll be meeting with the president of Vet to Vet Tennessee, Ed Junod, who is representing one of our strategic partners with the Veteran Military Friendly Congregations (VMFC).
Additionally, I’m going through a roster of our members in Western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee with the goal of having a gathering of members who are within about a 45 minute drive of Asheville this Fall. That said, I have heard from a number of your already, and feel free to email me to let me know if you are still in the area and we’ll start the process of pulling together an inaugural gathering of our membership in the metro Asheville area.
As always, if there is anything we can do for you to provide support for you do not hesitate to let me know by emailing me at RazzW@aol.com.