Did you know that transgender people are up to 3 times more likely to serve in the U.S. military? Or that rates of transgender-related diagnoses are 5 times higher in the V.A. compared to the civilian population? Do you feel ready to work with these Veterans in a culturally sensitive way? As Transgender Veterans seek VA healthcare at higher rates than ever before, VA providers often have questions regarding how to provide these Veterans with the best care. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Centers (MIRECC) for Suicide Prevention has released a podcast to answer these questions on improving transgender veteran mental health care.
Population of Focus: Transgender Veterans
Links to Resource:
- Visit the Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Suicide Prevention website for more information about transgender veterans
- Listen to the podcast released in honor of Transgender Awareness Month. Dr. Shelby Scott, Denver VA Clinical Psychologist and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Veteran Care Coordinator, spoke with Adam Hoffberg at the Denver VA Rocky Mountain MIRECC to provide a thorough introduction to this topic.
- View the VA’s LGBT Policies and Directives
- Visit National Community Resources: American Veterans for Equal Rights, Human Rights Campaign, Fenway Health, and Trevor Project
- PsychArmor Institute’s free online course Helping Others Hold On provides tools and tips to recognize, understand, and combat suicidal feelings in Veterans.
- Learn more about the Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Veteran Suicide Prevention