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Head Space and Timing Podcast

168 EpisodesProduced by Duane K. L. France, MA, MBA, LPCWebsite

The psychological impact of military service is well known but less understood. Every Tuesday and Thursday, join combat veteran and clinical mental health counselor Duane France as he interviews mental health professionals, veterans, and those who support them about mental health and wellness. If yo… read more


HST150 - Maureen Elias - Advocacy for Suicide Prevention

About Today’s Guest:

Maureen joined the Army in 2001. During her military career she served in Darmstadt, Germany and Monterey, California. She was promoted to corporal in June 2004 and sergeant in February 2005. Maureen was awarded the Army Achievement Medal and the Army Commendation Medal.

Maureen currently lives in Bowie, Maryland and serves as an ambassador for the Travis Manion Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping Veterans and their families. She received a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling in 2017 and is the assistant director for the Veterans Health Council at Vietnam Veterans of America. Since 2017, Maureen also graduated from the Armed Services Arts Partnership program and has been named a High Ground Veterans Advocacy Fellow, the Fort Meade Spouse of the Year and a Veterans in Global Leadership Fellow.

In this Episode, you will learn:

  • Maureen's background and experience
  • The 2019 VA/DOD Suicide Prevention Conference
  • Sharing the research around SMVF Suicide Prevention
  • Suicide Risk Prevention Workshops
  • Workshop participants
    • Community members
    • First Responders
    • Department of Transportation
  • Barriers to treatment
  • Creating a safe space for sharing painful experiences
  • Maureen's personal experience with suicide
  • The Interpersonal Theory of Suicide
  • Effective legislative advocacy

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