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By the Numbers - December 3, 2012

247,243
and

834,463

The first is the number of OEF/OIF/OND Veterans seen for potential PTSD at VHA  facilities following their return from Iraq or Afghanistan, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs' most current release of its quarterly Report on VA Facility Specific Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and Operation New Dawn (OND) Veterans Coded with Potential PTSD (PDF). The report includes cumulative data from 1st Qtr FY 2002 through 3rd Qtr FY 2012 (October 1, 2001 – June 30, 2012).

November 30, 2012: CDP News

Before we wrap up the week and the month here, we've got the latest happenings here in today's CDP News entry. It was a relatively slow week as we ramp up for next week's events, but we still managed to spend a few days down in Portsmouth, VA for a a training session. Next week will be a big one however, as we'll have multiple events around the country.

November 29, 2012: Research Update

The CDP's weekly research update contains the latest news, journal articles and useful links from around the web. Some of this week's topics include:
• Brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (BCBT) for Suicidality in Military Populations.
• Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Depression Among U.S. Military Health Care Professionals Deployed in Support of Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Staff Voices: A Look at an Important Book for Therapists

One of the greatest stigmas that I have witnessed in the military as well as in community mental health settings is the stigma surrounding death by suicide. Unlike other untoward events that therapists go through, this is one event that can be lonely, litigious, and career changing. “Therapist and Legal Issues for Therapists Who Have Survived a Client Suicide: Breaking the Silence” edited by Kayla Miriyam Weiner is a collection of 8 different articles on issues related to surviving the death of a patient.

November 26, 2012: By the Numbers

27%

The percentage of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who are using community-based mental health care, according to a report issued earlier this month by the National Council for Behavioral Health, Meeting the Behavioral Health Needs of Veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.  In real numbers, that's about 657,000 vets. And by 2014, the report says, 40 percent (970,000 veterans) will be using community-based care.

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