Supporting a loved one in the military is truly a duty of its own. It is even more so if the military personnel suffers from trauma related to their military experiences. As a helping professional taking this course, it is likely you have studied suicide, motivations for suicide, ideations, assessments, and interventions. Think about what the family of an active duty military personnel or a veteran might face if their loved one becomes suicidal. How does the family react? What recourse does a family have? Could it be different for active duty personnel versus a veteran? For this Assignment, review this week’s resources.
The Assignment (1 to 3 page):
Craft a support plan for a military family.Include strategies or steps for military families for intervening with the loved one who may be suicidal.
Consider this plan if the individual is active military and how a military command might play a role and if the individual is a retired veteran. How might a command impede or encourage an active duty member to get treatment?
Support your strategies with two scholarly articles. Provide full APA-formatted citations for your references.
Note: To access this week’s required library resources, please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course Materials section of your Syllabus.
Dick, G. (2014). Social work practice with veterans. Washington, D.C.: NASW Press.
Chapter 12, “Veterans and Suicide” (pp. 187-204)
Rubin, A., Weiss, E.L., & Coll, J.E. (2013). Handbook of military social work. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley.
Chapter 14, “Suicide in the Military” (pp. 225-244)
Pryce, J. G., Pryce, D. H., & Shakelford, K. K. (2012). The costs of courage: Combat stress, warriors, and family survival. Chicago, IL: Lyceum Books.
The costs of courage: Combat stress, warriors, and family survival (1st Ed.), by Pryce, J.G., Pryce, Col. D.H. & Shakleford, K.K. Copyright 2012 by Lyceum Books, Inc. Reprinted by permission of Lyceum Books, Inc., via the Copyright Clearance Center.
Chapter 5, “Suicide and the Warrior”
Harmon, L. M., Cooper, R. L., Nugent, W. R., & Butcher, J. J. (2016). A review of the effectiveness of military suicide prevention programs in reducing rates of military suicides. Journal Of Human Behavior In The Social Environment, 26(1), 15-24.
Blosnich, J. R., Brown, G. R., Shipherd, J. C., Kauth, M., Piegari, R., & Bossarte, R. M. (2013). Prevalence of gender identity disorder and suicide risk among transgender veterans utilizing veterans health administration care. Journal of Public Health, 103(10), 27–32.
Hyman, J., Ireland, R., Frost, L., & Cottrell, L. (2012). Suicide incidence and risk factors in an active duty US military population. American Journal of Public Health, 102(Suppl. 1),138–146.