In continuing coverage, an AP (3/15) story run by at least 17 publications reports, “Hundreds of troops, veterans and caregivers are gathering in Boston this week for a conference on preventing military suicides.” The gathering, sponsored by the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs, is “designed to share practical tools and clinical practices to support veterans and their families.” It “runs through Thursday at the Hynes Convention Center.”
If you are a interested in this issue and cannot attend, there are plenty of resources available to learn about wounded warrior resilience.
The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) recently completed its first year of monthly webinars. This informational series offers resources, speaker presentations, best practices from government and non-government organizations, and the opportunity to dialogue with experts in areas of psychological health and traumatic brain injury.
DCoE recently posted its 2011 webinar schedule. The next webinar is on March 24th, 2011 from 1-2:30 PM.
The webinar topics are as varied as the issues and topics that DCoE focuses on in support of Service members, recovering wounded warriors, veterans, and their families. They range from personal and emotional subjects like compassion fatigue and holidays away from families to technical and research-focused subjects like indirect neurotrauma and neuropathophysiology of mild traumatic brain injury.
If you are a wounded warrior in need, or a family member with questions, there are resources for you:
DCoE Outreach Center
For Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Information and Resources – 866-966-1020
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
For Crisis Intervention – 1-800-273-TALK (8255) Press “1″