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Finding the Words: A Video Series

Description

Our team aims to produce video series to encourage support-seeking and combat barriers to care amongst service members and the general public. The educational series will target key stakeholders in suicide prevention, such as military commanders, spouses, and healthcare providers, to help them find the best words to discuss mental health and support seeking. This project will bridge the gap between suicide research and its real-life application by providing stakeholders with the language to discuss mental health and suicide that has historically not been talked about.

Strategic Alignment with National Suicide Prevention Goals

CDC Suicide Prevention Strategies

As it is outlined in the CDC's "Preventing Suicide: A Technical Package of Policy, Programs, and Practices," our project is aligned with the following strategies:

    • Strengthen Access and Delivery of Suicide Care

    • Create Protective Environments

    • Promote Connectedness

    • Identify and Support People at Risk

White House Priorities

As it is outlined in The White House "Fact Sheet: New Strategy Outlines Five Priorities for Reducing Military and Veteran Suicide," our project is aligned with the following priorities:

    • Increasing Access to and Delivery of Effective Care

    • Addressing Upstream Risk and Protective Factors

    • Increasing Research Coordination, Data Sharing, & Evaluation Efforts

Selected References

  1. Defense Suicide Prevention Office (2021). CY 2020 Annual Suicide Report. Retrieved from https://www.dspo.mil/Portals/113/Documents/CY20%20Suicide%20Report/CY%202020%20Annual%20Suicide%20Report.pdf?ver=0OwlvDd-PJuA-igow5fBFA%3d%3d
  2. Defense Suicide Prevention Office (2020). CY 2019 Annual Suicide Report. Retrieved from https://www.dspo.mil/Portals/113/Documents/CY2019%20Suicide%20Report/DoD%20Calendar%20Year%20CY%202019%20Annual%20Suicide%20Report.pdf?ver=YOA4IZVcVA9mzwtsfdO5Ew%3d%3d
  3. Hom MA, Stanley IH. Considerations in the assessment of help‐seeking and mental health service use in suicide prevention research. Suicide & life-threatening behavior. 2021;51(1):47-54. doi:10.1111/sltb.12667
  4. K. Mok, N. Chen, M. Torok, L. McGillivray, I. Zbukvic & F. Shand (2021) Factors associated with help-seeking for emotional or mental health problems in community members at risk of suicide, Advances in Mental Health, 19:3, 236-246, DOI: 10.1080/18387357.2020.1770109