Chaplain training in evidence-based practices to promote mental health and improve care for suicidality in veterans and service members

Objective Chaplains are key care providers in a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention, which is a priority area for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD). In a cohort of 87 VA and military chaplains who completed the Mental Health Integration for Chaplain Services (MHICS) training–an intensive, specialty education […]

The importance of timing, fundamental attitudes, and appropriate interventions as key aspects of chaplain suicide prevention: A European expert panel of mental health chaplains

An expert panel consisting of six mental health chaplains from several European countries was convened to ascertain the specific contribution of mental health chaplains to suicide prevention, and to generate good practices for suicide prevention. Three themes emerged: (1) the importance of timing; (2) fundamental attitudes of the chaplain towards the patient, and (3) appropriate […]

Leader perspectives on managing suicide-related events in garrison

Leaders who have personally experienced the aftermath of a suiciderelated event can provide important lessons and recommendations for military leadership and policymakers. This paper executes a thematic analysis of interviews with leaders, chaplains, and behavioral health  providers who responded to garrison suicide-related events and explores leader decision making related to memorials, investigations, and readiness.

Chaplains’ engagement with suicidality among their service users: Findings from the VA/DoD Integrated Mental Health Strategy.

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