Deployment Psychology Blog

Staff Perspective: The Role of Social Media in Suicide Prevention

The Internet has become an increasingly powerful form of information dissemination and communication media over the last two decades. Even more recently, the Internet has been leveraged for the treatment of a wide range of health-related problems. All the while, social media platforms have been increasingly used for the expression of suicidal thoughts and feelings. Despite this, little is known about the ways in which social media can be used for suicide prevention (Karras et al., 2018).

CDP News: 27 September 2019

Welcome to this week’s edition of CDP News! We like to use this space to review recent happenings in and around the Center for Deployment Psychology, while also looking ahead to upcoming events. It's officially fall, even if the weather at CDP headquarters doesn't feel like it.

Staff Perspective: Uniting for Suicide Postvention

Grieving the death of a loved one is never easy. When someone dies by suicide, there can be additional challenges and emotions for those left behind. Many people are profoundly affected when someone dies by suicide, including family, friends, co-workers, and providers. In fact, entire communities can be affected by a suicide loss. Given what we know about the effects of suicide loss, having access to suicide postvention resources is critical to supporting suicide loss survivors.

By the Numbers: 23 September 2019

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The percentage of Service members with a behavioral health disorder in 2018, according to the 2018 Health of the Force report, released as part of the August 2019 issue of the Military Health System's Medical Surveillance Monthly Report.  The report indicates that the "(p)revalence of behavioral health disorders remained stable between 2014 and 2018" and that "the most common behavioral health disorder among both male and female Service members" was adjustment disorder.