Seeking the Military Suicide Solution

Kim Ruocco, Vice President of Suicide Prevention and Postvention for TAPS, joins the show to talk about the need for postvention for survivors of suicide in the military affiliated population

Show Notes

Kim Ruocco, MSW, the Vice President of Suicide Prevention and Postvention for TAPS, is an internationally known subject matter expert who uses her education, personal experience and information gathered from thousands of survivors to help others more fully understand suicide. Over the past decade, Ms. Ruocco has developed a best-practice, comprehensive, peer-based program that offers comfort and care to all those who are grieving the loss of a service member to suicide. In addition to her postvention work, Ms. Ruocco contributes to suicide prevention efforts in military as well as civilian organizations.  She holds a B.A. in Human Services and Psychology from the University of Massachusetts and a Masters degree in Clinical Social Work from Boston University. She is the surviving widow of Marine Corps Major John Ruocco, who died by suicide in 2005.

Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors

TAPS Suicide Postvention Program

The following two 90-minute Postvention courses can be viewed for free thanks to funding from the Boeing Foundation:

Suicide, Grief, and Trauma - Supporting Veterans and Families of the Fallen

Grief to Growth: A Roadmap to a Healthy Grief Journey

The following three courses are free to access courtesy of the NFL Foundation

Postvention: Healing After Suicide Loss

Finding Stability After Suicide Loss

Grief and Trauma

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What is Seeking the Military Suicide Solution?

The statistics about suicide in the military affiliated population are alarming, and many are aware of them. Awareness is no longer enough, however. Communities must pair that awareness with meaningful action in order to make a difference. Brought to you by Military Times, join combat veteran and clinical mental health counselor Duane France and nationally recognized suicide prevention expert Dr. Shauna Springer every week as they bring the knowledge of experts on suicide in the military affiliated population to communities that need it.