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Suicide Prevention

Suicide at Florida VA Hospital Offers Window Into Older Veterans' Pain

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Ever since leaving the battlefields of Vietnam in 1968, Marine veteran Gerhard Reitmann struggled with the horrific memories of the things he did and saw. "It was a rough one," said his brother, Stephan Reitmann. "Emotionally, it did a number on his mind." Gerhard Reitmann had trouble holding a job. He often kept to himself and, until recently... more

The Power of One: Your Actions Could Save A Life

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Every year, organizations across the country recognize September as Suicide Prevention Month. This year, join the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), local and national organizations, and individuals across the country in supporting The Power of 1: Show how one act can encourage Veterans, Service members, and their loved ones to seek c... more

Signs of Suicide: How to Help


This Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) blog post explains the warning signs of suicide and steps people can take if they notice them. You may have noted increased attention to suicide prevention this month on military websites and related platforms. While efforts to address this tragic occu... more

Yard Signs Help Warn 4th of July Revelers of Combat Vets' PTSD

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VALRICO -- For Russell Cook, a combat-wounded Army veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder, the barrage on his overloaded senses begins with fireworks explosions in his Valrico neighborhood as the calendar turns to July. "It's hell," says Cook, who laments that July 4th celebrations often don't end for days. "It's like I was back in the wor... more

White House to Let Researchers Study Medical Marijuana for PTSD

In this photo taken Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, marijuana is measured in 3.5-gram amounts and placed in cans for packaging at the Pioneer Production and Processing marijuana growing facility in Arlington, Wash. Elaine Thompson/AP

The White House has lifted a major obstacle long standing in the way of studies into the use of pot to treat victims of post-traumatic stress disorder and other ailments. The Health and Human Services Department has published in the Federal Register its announcement eliminating Public Health Service reviews of marijuana research projects no... more

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