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

 

Veteran Lived Experience Series: MST – The Dialogue Continues

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 09 March 2021the next topic in our Veterans’ Lived Experiences Series:

Military Sexual Trauma: The Dialogue Continues

About this Event: Awareness of military sexual trauma (MST) has increased dramatically in recent years. Current reports estimate that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 50 men experience some form of MST, which ranges from threatening sexual remarks or advances to forced sexual activity, during their time in military service. These experiences can be traumatic, with extensive short- and long-term consequences. In this installment of the “Veterans’ Lived Experience” series, George Mason’s MVFI and the Veterans Health and Wellness Foundation are partnering to bring you real stories from Veterans of their experiences related to MST, together with resources and tips from mental health experts who work with service members and Veterans concerning these experiences. This is a continuation of our 09 February 2021 MST event.

Keith Renshaw, PhD., Michael D. Levy, PhD., Evelyn L. Lewis, MD, MA, FAAFP, DABDA

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Once registration is complete, you will receive an automatic confirmation email with the zoom log in. We encourage you to save it to your calendar, but reminder emails will go out two days prior to the event and an hour prior. Please contact Lesley Irminger, lirminge@gmu.edu if you have questions on the registration. Please contact Keith Renshaw, krenshaw@gmu.edu, regarding questions on the webinar content.