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Oklahoma veteran homelessness, suicide rates were on the rise before pandemic

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Troubling new data shows that the number of veterans experiencing homelessness or committing suicide was on the rise in Oklahoma before 2020. According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, homelessness rose 16.1% from 2019 to 2020. Data from the Oklahoma Department of Veteran’s Affair’s 2018 report shows that suicides …

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Ask these questions and save a life: Everyone can learn to help prevent suicide

When we’re in a crowded place and notice that someone is about to fall, instinct compels us to lunge forward and try to keep that person from collapsing. If we notice that someone has actually collapsed, most of us don’t think twice about calling 911, or offering to help however we can. But if we …

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Michael Hudson of ClearForce: Lessons I Learned From My Military Experience About How To Survive And Thrive During A Time Of Crisis

In this interview series, we are exploring the subject of dealing with crisis and how to adapt and overcome. The context of this series is the physical and financial fallout that resulted from the COVID 19 pandemic. Crisis management is one characteristic that many successful leaders share in common, and in many cases it is …

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Senate Hearing On Capitol Riot Underscores Value Of Intelligence In Preventing And Managing Crisis Situations

If you think an intelligence failure can’t lead to a crisis, then think again. As reported yesterday by the Washington Post, “Top officials responsible for security at the Capitol on Jan. 6 as it was overrun by a mob backing former president Donald Trump blamed wide-ranging intelligence failures for the deadly attack at a Senate …

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Tom Miller of ClearForce: Five Things Business Leaders Can Do To Create A Fantastic Work Culture

Initiate the shift — it’s not enough to talk the talk, you need to walk the walk.Culture change starts at the top, so when company leadership commits to making a change, they must actively work to put it into action. If they don’t, their words will hold no weight and change will not happen. As …

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Experts offer ways to keep pandemic from worsening veterans suicide crisis

HOT SPRINGS, Ark — With suicide rates among veterans stuck at an elevated level despite several years of intense focus, military and mental health experts have been studying how non-veterans can help and say we need to act now – beyond Veterans Day because the pandemic threatens to make the crisis worse. “I think veterans …

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5 Ways That Businesses Can Help Promote The Mental Wellness Of Their Employees

As a part of my series about the “5 Ways That Businesses Can Help Promote The Mental Wellness Of Their Employees” I had the pleasure of interviewing Tom Miller. Tom Miller is the CEO of ClearForce, a firm that specializes in the detection of workplace misconduct and high-risk behavior. Thank you so much for doing …

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Active duty suicide rates ‘on par’ with civilians, concerns grow for National Guard members in 2020: Pentagon

Suicide among active-duty U.S. military members is comparable with the rate of suicides among the U.S. adult population, a new Pentagon report highlights. According to the Annual Suicide Report (ASR), some 498 active duty military members took their own lives in 2019, maintaining a trend of increased suicides among active military members from 2014 to …

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Opinion: Veteran suicide crisis demands our full attention

Veterans are our heroes; our protectors; our fathers, mothers, sons and daughters. And despite the enormous role they play in guaranteeing our collective freedoms, far too many slip through the cracks as they depart the Department of Defense and transition into the Veterans Administration. This is unacceptable, and we owe it to our veterans to …

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