USA – Charlie Crist, Gus Bilirakis want Ron DeSantis to help getting accurate information on veterans’ suicide.

By FLORIDA DAILY – 12.26.19 https://www.floridadaily.com/charlie-crist-gus-bilirakis-want-ron-desantis-to-help-getting-accurate-information-on-veterans-suicide/ Last week, U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., sent a letter to Gov. Ron DeSantis requesting the state of Florida’s assistance to improve the accuracy of data on veterans mortality and life expectancy. Crist and Bilirakis asked that the state of Florida establish a…

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USA – The future of psychedelic science: What the next decade holds

After a decade of growing acceptance, what does the future hold for the field of psychedelic science? agsandrew/Depositphotos https://newatlas.com/science/future-psychedelic-science-2020s-next-decade-medicine-research/ The last decade has been inarguably incredible for the field of psychedelic science. The term renaissance is hyperbolically thrown around a lot these days but in this context it is perfectly apt. Moving from the fringes…

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UK- How a veteran with PTSD who didn’t think he would see Christmas was saved by comrades at All Call Signs

ITV Report 26 December 2019 at 9:21pm https://www.itv.com/news/2019-12-26/how-a-veteran-with-ptsd-who-didn-t-think-he-would-see-christmas-was-saved-by-comrades/ Video report by ITV News Correspondent Paul Davies A former soldier struggling with PTSD didn’t expect to see this Christmas – and credits fellow veterans at a small charity for saving his life. Matt Cole, who toured Northern Ireland as a soldier, said he has attempted suicide…

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USA – New VA Suicide Prevention Strategy: Talk to Vets 3 Times in First Year Out of Uniform

25 Dec 2019 Military.com | By Richard Sisk Photo: Visitors attend the National Veterans Day Observation in the Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, Nov. 11, 2019. Vice President Mike Pence with Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and spoke to…

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UK, NI – save our centre Royal British Legion veterans hold vigil to highlight fears key retreat centre in Portrush could close within weeks

Jason Johnson 24 Dec 2019, 15:31 https://www.thesun.ie/news/4921809/royal-british-legions-vigil-retreat-centre-close/ The Royal British Legion’s seafront Bennet House in Portrush, Co Antrim has been tipped for imminent closure But it’s been tipped for imminent closure due to financial pressures. Veterans and supporters of the house are being urged to gather at noon outside the property on the Saturday after…

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NY – ‘It’s Just Incredible’: Vietnam Vets Gifted Service Dogs For Christmas After 50-Year Wait

December 24, 2019 at 7:25 pm Filed Under:Charlie Cooper, https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2019/12/24/vietnam-vets-service-dogs/ NESCONSET, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Two Long Island Vietnam Veterans were gifted with life changing animals on Tuesday, just in time for Christmas. Larry Keating and Bill Thumm both have waited 50 years to receive a service dog. “I had a drug problem. I had an…

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How to cope with PTSD and trauma over Christmas News from BACP

24 December 2019 Our member Justin Havens has produced a free video to help people with PTSD with their nightmares https://www.bacp.co.uk/news/news-from-bacp/2019/24-december-how-to-cope-with-ptsd-and-trauma-over-christmas/ The Christmas period can be stressful for many, but for people with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) it can be particularly challenging. Our member Dr Justin Havens offers advice for coping over the festive period…

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Psychiatry Becomes Individual with Better Screening, More Therapies

DECEMBER 24, 2019 Kenneth Walter https://www.mdmag.com/medical-news/psychiatry-becomes-individual-with-better-screening-more-therapies A patient goes to his primary care physician for an illness. While there, he’s screened for depression. That screening leads to a psychiatrist referral, and that referral leads to counseling, maybe treatment. He and his psychiatrist have their pick now from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and differing classes of…

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Australia – A royal commission is the best way to find solutions to the veteran suicide crisis

24 December 2019 By: Luke Gosling https://www.defenceconnect.com.au/key-enablers/5367-a-royal-commission-is-the-best-way-to-find-solutions-to-the-veteran-suicide-crisis With much ink already spilled on the merits of a royal commission into veteran suicide, it’s helpful to recap what we know and what we don’t know about the issue itself, explains veteran turned federal parliamentarian Luke Gosling, OAM. We know that, since 2001, we’ve lost at least…

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