Current research has documented the benefits of upstream positive psychology skills in improving Soldier mental health and performance. At present, the Army uses outdated and re-purposed videos to illustrate these positive psychology skills in the context of combat as part of Performance and Resilience Enhancement (PRE) training, which is required under AR 350-53. Our team intends to revise, update and broaden the video scenarios to improve PRE and more effectively teach such skills. In the video scenarios, individual segments will be edited depicting resilience techniques to demonstrate their added value in a practical manner as an upstream suicide prevention tool.
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:
Create Protective Environments
Teach Coping and Problem-Solving Skills
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:
Addressing Upstream Risk and Protective Factors