Portsmouth MP slams government after latest blow to veteran suicide campaign

By Fiona Callingham. Picture: Sarah Standing (180724-5649) https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/politics/portsmouth-mp-slams-government-after-latest-blow-to-veteran-suicide-campaign-1-9050017 MP Stephen Morgan accused the government of a ‘time-wasting blame game’. A CITY MP has slammed the government for a ‘time-wasting blame game’ after it said it would not be able to produce data on veteran suicides in the UK. Calls to gather ‘vital’ information on deaths…

Pentagon Struggles to Address Service Member Suicides

Despite expanded initiatives, veteran and military suicides continue to rise. August 29, 2019 By Courtney Bublé, Photo Credit Christopher Lyzcen/Shutterstock.com The Pentagon on Tuesday outlined its strategy to address the record-high veteran and military member suicide rates that both the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments have struggled to address, a crisis hampered by leadership turnover…

American Veterans Affairs, IBM Unveil AI-Powered Mental Fitness App to Help Vets Transitioning to Civilian Life

By Brandi Vincent, Staff Correspondent. https://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2019/08/va-ibm-unveil-ai-powered-mental-fitness-app-help-vets-transitioning-civilian-life/159552/ The Veterans Affairs Department and IBM unveiled a new mobile application—called “Get Results in Transition”—specifically designed to help veterans, reservists and other service members better understand and boost their mental fitness and overall well-being. Interested individuals can sign up to participate in an ongoing field test of GRIT, which…

America – Lehighton family shares tragic story to help save veterans. An estimated 22 veterans commit suicide in America every day.

by Jack ReinhardFriday, August 30th 2019 https://fox56.com/news/local/lehighton-family-shares-tragic-story-to-save-veterans WILKES_BARRE TWP., LUZERNE COUNTY — An estimated 22 veterans commit suicide in America every day. This afternoon, a Carbon County family shared their tragic story at a veterans suicide discussion to prevent it from happening to anyone else. Michael and Sally Wargo from Lehighton were just two of…

America’s Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (IMNF) Receives Several Grants to Enhance Music Therapy Programs for PTSD

https://www.einnews.com/pr_news/494862403/the-institute-for-music-and-neurologic-function-imnf-receives-several-grants-to-enhance-music-therapy-programs MOUNT VERNON, NEW YORK, USA, August 28, 2019 — The Institute for Music and Neurological Function is excited to announce several recent foundation grant awards enabling it to develop and enhance existing programs The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (IMNF) has received a generous grant of $10,560 from the Veterans Support Foundation (VSF)…

ORNL-VA Collaboration Targets Veteran Suicide Epidemic

Project bridges compute staff, resources at ORNL and VA health data to speed suicide risk screening for US veterans Photo Credit: Carlos Jones, ORNL https://www.newswise.com/articles/media-article/718245 In collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs, a team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has expanded a VA-developed predictive computing model to identify veterans at risk of suicide and…

Fatty Acid Amide Hydrolase Inhibitor Effectively Targets Fear in PTSD

by Kenny Walter https://www.mdmag.com/medical-news/fatty-acid-amide-hydrolase-inhibitor-targets-fear-ptsd New data suggests a fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) inhibitors can improve the recall of fear extinction memories and attenuate the anxiogenic effects of stress in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) patients. A team led by Leah M. Mayo, PhD, the Center for Social and Affective Neuroscience at Linköping University, conducted a…

Sweden – New medication may be able to improve effects of psychological treatment for PTSD

by Karin Söderlund Leifler, Linköping University. Photo Credit: Anna Nilsen/Linköping University https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-08-medication-effects-psychological-treatment-ptsd.html A medication that boosts the body’s own cannabis-like substances, endocannabinoids, shows promise to help the brain un-learn fear memories when these are no longer meaningful. These results, obtained in an early-stage, experimental study on healthy volunteers at Linköping University in Sweden, give hope…

America – After 68% of Patients Were Cured of PTSD in Phase-2 Trials, Clinics May Soon Offer MDMA Therapy

By McKinley Corbley – Aug 27, 2019. Photos by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/clinics-may-soon-offer-mdma-to-ptsd-patients/ With suicide rates in the US increasing by 33% since 1999, and more than 800,000 veterans getting disability checks from the government because of their PTSD—at an estimated taxpayer cost of $17 billion per year—it is high time to…