Barbara Van Dahlen

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Losing One of Our Own

While the loss of any life to suicide is tragic, the loss of Dr. Peter Linnerooth — who died at the age of 42 on January 2 — is especially distressing to those of us in the mental health community.

As an Army psychologist …


A Visit With General Dana Pittard

I just returned home from my third trip to Fort Bliss in two months. I made the first two trips so that I could learn about the installation and the leadership’s approach to preventing soldier suicide. On this most recent visit …


“Killing as an Option”

Much energy, attention, and money has been focused on trying to understand—and end—the dramatic rise in suicide within the military. And while this attention has resulted in the development of many efforts and programs, many of which have improved the overall well being of the force, the increase in suicides among those who serve …