Las Vegas Update
Operation Deep Dive is continuing to make great strides here in Las Vegas. The project is a part of the POST-ventive care strategies under the Mayor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide for Service Members Veterans & Families (SMVF) and that has allowed us to have access to community and state leaders. In May, several of us from the SMVF Committee were invited to a roundtable discussion by US Senator Cortez Masto to discuss new bills she is introducing to expand care to veterans and military families. It was a small gathering of singularly focused community organizations dedicated to veteran and service members mental health issues. The Senator asked about the issues in our community that we see as crucial to preventing veteran suicide and she explained the support she can provide at the national level to help our local service members & their families.
Being asked to participate in this discussion was an important step showing that our state and national leadership recognize the remarkable work being accomplished by the Mayor’s Challenge SMVF team and Operation Deep Dive here in Las Vegas.
– Angela Henderson, Research Assistant
Preparing to Conduct Interviews in Houston Texas
It’s been a busy season here in Houston as we’ve been developing a strong local foundation for Operation Deep Dive! A key highlight was Cheree Tham’s visit to Houston for our CAT meeting. Mrs. Tham (LCSW) is the co-Principal Investigator for the study, and Co-Founder, Vice President of Programs and Initiatives for America’s Warrior Partnership. During her visit, she shared a major update that marks a turning point in the study: the Institutional Review Board (IRB) study protocol has been approved! This means the Research Assistants are approved to conduct interviews with the surviving family members and friends of veterans who have died by suicide or self-harm. Interviews will consist of questions related to the deceased veteran’s life including but not limited to their adjustment to civilian life, finances/work/housing, and social connectedness, as we know these community-level factors impact a veteran’s disposition and engagement with their environment. If you or someone you know lives in the Houston area and may be interested in participating in the study, please reach out via phone (832-408-0393) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to learn more.
– Katie McCormick, Research Assistant