162: How Military Members -- and Communities -- Can Help Prevent Firearm Suicide
Every day in the US, about 17 veterans die by suicide, and 12 of those 17 veterans (68%) die from a self-inflicted firearm injury. These veterans leave behind a large community of family, friends, and colleagues who are left with big, painful questions.
To discuss how to better understand this loss, how to help the bereaved with their grief, and to prevent other suicides, hosts Kelly and JJ are joined by Dr. Carla Stumpf Patton (Ed.D., LMHC, NCC, FT, CCTP). Dr. Carla Stumpf Patton is the Director of Suicide Postvention Programs of TAPS, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, an organization which provides comfort, care and resources to all those grieving the death of a military loved one.
Mentioned in this podcast:
Firearm Suicide Risk Among Veterans and Military Service Members (Brady)
Postvention is key to suicide prevention (Vantage Point)
Coping During the Holidays (TAPS)
Healing Your Grieving Heart: Embrace Self-Care this Holiday Season (TAPS)
Survivors Helping Survivors Heal(TAPS)