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Voices on Suicide Prevention

Many voices on psychological health and suicide prevention are being shared at the joint DoD-VA Suicide Prevention Conference that is underway until Thursday – ranging from the warrior, to the family member, to the spiritual advisor, to the health-care provider, to the line leader. Become part of the dialogue. Please share your thoughts, questions and ideas with us.

Army Staff Sgt. Megan Krause

Army Staff Sgt. Megan Krause gets a hug of encouragement after her speech about her battle with PTSD. Krause spoke during the DoD-VA sponsored 2010 Suicide Prevention Conference in Washington, D.C., Jan. 11. DoD photo by Elaine Wilson.

“Throughout my years and service in uniform, suicides were one of the most frustrating leadership challenges I faced,” VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki told audiences in his keynote address. “We must build and maintain a strong support system, one in which everyone has a role, where we collectively assume ownership of the problem.” 

Staff Sgt. Megan Krause, who is sharing her road to recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder with DCoE’s Real Warriors Campaign spoke of finding “…myself face down in the mud pit, in the middle of a pigpen in State College, Pa., running from the insurgents that I thought were chasing me…I might not have been having suicidal ideations, but I was well on my way to killing myself.”

“We know that stigma can kill, compassion can heal, words can work, treatment can save and help is hope,” DCoE Director Brig. Gen. Sutton told audiences. “We can tool up here this week, go home and apply these lessons and ask ourselves every day: Is what my team and I are doing today action? Is our effort worthy of the service and sacrifice of those who we are so privileged to serve? “

Please stay tuned for more posts on this conference. Let us know what you think.

Comments (2)

  • Paul Rieker 05 Sep

    My mother committed suicide October 8th 1976. I was following her path, until 1984, when a gentlman who practiced Abreaction Desensitization and Emotional Reframing changed my emotional perspective of past events. The session work occured over 2 weeks. The outcome of that session work led me to publish SAFE CHILD, the embedding of "I love you, I'll never leave you, and you can depend on me" into the subconscious, speaking to self. This becomes the master emotion of ego building. The balance of session work is to open every emotionally charged event or situation and Emotionally Reframe with the ego reframe. The Safe Child program applied to PTSD, Suicidal Idealization and Complicated Grief is open for Statistical Review, as the outcome of loving oneself to overwrite emotionalized hurt is without statistics, as the process is intended to address as many as 10 emotional issues per hour, with a 4 hour program. 26 years later, the emotional reframe, applied to every emotional fixation of the past, to change the imprint of anger and fear, so joy can be emotionally reengaged, in my opinion, is profound.
  • John Williams 05 Sep

    I just read an amazing novel that tackles youth depression and suicide: Morgan's Pasture by Wallace J. Swenson. It deals primarily with the misunderstanding and mistranslation of suicidal signs within a 1950s circle of friends. I would suggest anyone interested in a moving read that speaks to the subtleties of these signs in every day life to pick it up.

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