Veteran Suicide Prevention
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Peer Mentor Suicide Prevention Training
Veteran Suicide PreventionKent State University 2012Peer Mentoring Workshop
Rachel Anderson & Joshua RiderKent State University, Center for Adult & Veteran ServiceIntroductionsRachel Anderson, DirectorJoshua Rider, Assistant Director & VA Certifying OfficialKent State University29,000 students @ Kent, Ohio campus610 GI Bill recipients
Kent State University 2012BackgroundCenter for Adult and Veteran ServicesAdult student supportVA CertifyingAdult Student Orientation courses (veteran only sections)KSU Vets Club AdvisingKSU Graduate Student Eddie Waldrep2nd Annual Serving Those Who Serve ConferenceA continued need in the community, state and nation.Kent State University 2012A Case for Suicide PreventionDefense Department Joins Suicide Prevention AllianceBy Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. CardenAmerican Forces Press Service, DoDWASHINGTON, Sept. 10, 2010 Taking care of servicemembers is among Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates top concerns, he said today, and that includes preventing military suicides.It is always a horrible tragedy to see a servicemember safely off the battlefield only to lose them to this scourge, Gates said. It is the ongoing duty of this department to do everything possible to care for those who protect our nation.Speaking at the launch of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention at the National Press Club here, Gates underscored the importance of a nationwide approach to suicide prevention. The alliances strategy pools federal and private-sector research and resources in hopes of better addressing the national suicide rate.Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius are part of the alliance and represent the public sector on the board. Army Secretary John M. McHugh represents the public sector as co-chair.The military suicide rate has increased steadily over the past five years, exceeding the national average of 11.1 suicides per 100,000 people. The military last year averaged 12.5, according to a Defense Department task force.Suicide claimed 309 military members last year, and 267 troops committed suicide in 2008, the task force said. From 2005 to 2009, more than 1,100 servicemembers took their own lives, an average of one suicide every 36 hours, the task force said.We must and we will do better, Gates said.
Kent State University 2012The Approach: Peer MentoringWhat is peer based mentoring? Empowering peers to assist each otherProviding training for successProvides another layer of eyes and earsDoes not replace the role of administrators and professionals
What are the benefits of vet-to-vet mentoring?Veterans have common experiences that are uniqueCivilians may not know/understand complexities of combat or military serviceDoes not replace the role of civilian family, friends or professionalsKent State University 2012Learning Outcomes Better understanding of PTSD and DepressionSigns of suicideHow to respond to peers who might need helpBasic skills to intervene
Kent State University 2012Content CycleKent State University 2012Pilot Program/Workshops3 Workshops to Date(Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011)KSU Vets Club leadership required attendance4 hour sessions with interaction between attendee and facilitatorEdward Waldrep, PhD Psychology student, U.S. Army veteran, facilitatorPositive responses from attendees: Different than the training received while in service.
Kent State University 2012Observed OutcomesSurvey Comments:Excellent class!What was the best part of this program?Interaction with other veterans.Discussion. Just talking to each other.Change in language among peer group leaders.Students more alert to peer behavior (specific risk factors)Using tools to identify risk factors.Using appropriate language to communicate concerns with administration for referral and consultation.
Kent State University 2012How to use the interactive workshop modelDesigned three part education toolPower Point slide showFacilitator GuideParticipant WorkbookUnique featureRole play scenariosInteractive discussionsFlexible for specific campuses/audiencesAvailable on our department website March 1, 2012License for 3 yearsUse your own facilitatorUse multiple times with multiple audiencesKent State University 2012WORKSHOP #3Describe good listening skills.
What verbal and nonverbal skills can you deploy to become a good listener?
Practice listening to a partner about their career goals.
Provide feedback about how well your partner was listening. What worked, what was less helpful?
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Kent State University - Rachel Anderson 2012Facilitator Note:Workshop #3The object of this breakout discussion is to practice good listening skills and to receive peer feedback. First review some good verbal and nonverbal validating responses for the listener. Then break up into pairs. Make sure each participant has the opportunity to practice both roles (listener and speaker). The facilitator may also observe and provide constructive, albeit brief, support. Some prompting questions might include: How does it feel to be the speaker when you are being listened to in a responsive/active manner?How hard is it as the listener to stop yourself from providing advice or talking about yourself?Sample Role Playing ScenarioRick is a OEF/OIF veteran newly enrolled into college. You notice he hasnt attended classes lately, drinks more and more each week and seems uninterested in life. You see him outside the financial aid office and want to find out whats going on.
Kent State University 2012Kent State University - Rachel Anderson 2012Assessment ToolPeer Mentor Suicide Prevention TrainingSurveyDate: ___________
Your evaluation is essential for future planning and for feedback to the facilitators. Please circle the response that most closely approximates your opinion.Strongly Agree Agree NeutralDisagreeStrongly DisagreeThe facilitator(s) was well informed on the topic. 54321I learned how to respond to peers who need help.54321The role playing helped me apply what I learned.54321I can imagine using what I learned with my peers.54321I have a better understanding of PTSD & Depression.54321I recommend all student veterans take this course.54321This program should be repeated at a future time. 54321What was the best part of this program? ___________________________________________________________________Additional comments:__________________________________________________________________________________
Concluding commentsAssess needs and identify trendsIdentify key staff, students and faculty to address current concernsImagine creative solutionsFind new ways to document and share best practices
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