Veterans’ Lived Experience Series

Veterans’ Lived Experience Series: Suicidality – Symptoms, Experiences, and Resources

Presented by Veterans Health and Wellness Foundation and GMU’s Military, Veterans, & Families Initiative

13 April 2021 – 1pm

The rate of suicide in the military has increased 40% since 2014, from a rate of 18.5 per 100,000 to 25.9 per 100,000. The rate of suicides in military veterans is slightly higher, at more than 27 per 100,000. In addition, in the US, it is estimated that there are approximately 30 suicide attempts for every 1 suicide completion. Thus, suicide is a highly prevalent concern.

In addition to the tragic loss of life that comes with a completed suicide, living with suicidal ideation is incredibly painful. In this installment of the “Veterans’ Lived Experience” series, George Mason’s MVFI and the Veterans Health and Wellness Foundation partner to bring you one veteran’s story of struggles with suicidality, along with commentary and resources from a mental health expert who works with service members and veterans who experience suicidal ideation and attempt suicide. Join us to hear from MSG Tom Cruz, an Army veteran and recipient of the 2017 SAMHSA Voice Award in Consumer Family Peer Leadership, and Dr. Sarah Carter, Research Scientist with the Suicide CPR Initiative at the Uniformed Services University for Health Sciences.

About This Event

The rate of suicide in the military has increased 40% since 2014, from a rate of 18.5 per 100,000 to 25.9 per 100,000. The rate of suicides in military veterans is slightly higher, at more than 27 per 100,000. In addition, in the US, it is estimated that there are approximately 30 suicide attempts for every 1 suicide completion. Thus, suicide is a highly prevalent concern.

In addition to the tragic loss of life that comes with a completed suicide, living with suicidal ideation is incredibly painful. In this installment of the “Veterans’ Lived Experience” series, George Mason’s MVFI and the Veterans Health and Wellness Foundation partner to bring you one veteran’s story of struggles with suicidality, along with commentary and resources from a mental health expert who works with service members and veterans who experience suicidal ideation and attempt suicide. Join us to hear from MSG Tom Cruz, an Army veteran and recipient of the 2017 SAMHSA Voice Award in Consumer Family Peer Leadership, and Dr. Sarah Carter, Research Scientist with the Suicide CPR Initiative at the Uniformed Services University for Health Sciences.

https://www.army.mil/article/211754/msg_cruz_shares_his_lived_experience_of_suicide_attempt_to_help_others

 

Veterans’ Lived Experiences Series: Substance Misuse

The Veterans Health and Wellness Foundation (VHWF) in partnership with the George Mason University’s (GMU’s) Military, Veterans and Families Initiative (MVFI) presents at 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EST on 12 January 2020 – the next topic in our Veterans’ Lived Experiences Series:

Substance Misuse

About this Event: Veterans struggle with alcohol and drug use problems at higher rates than non-veterans. Some of these struggles are linked with higher rates of PTSD, chronic pain and other disorders. In this installment of the “Veterans’ Lived Experience” webinar series, the Veterans Health and Wellness Foundation and Mason’s MVFI are partnering to bring you one veteran’s story of struggle with substance misuse. Dr. Patti Ferssizidis, a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in substance use disorders prevention and treatment, Clifton Lewis, Executive Director for U.S.VETS — Washington D.C. and our guest Veteran will discuss his journey. Resources on where to find help will also be provided.

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Once registration is complete, you will receive an automatic confirmation email with the zoom log in. Please contact Lesley Irminger, lirminge@gmu.edu if you have questions on the registration. For questions on the webinar, please contact Keith Renshaw (krenshaw@gmu.edu).

Be sure to check out all of our Veterans’ Lived Experiences Series.