Human experiences are messy and complex, and perhaps nowhere is this more true than in the world of navigating complex and sensitive mental health conditions. Death by suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the military. As of 2013, only accidents killed more active-duty troops in the U.S Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines.
Even though the U.S Military has one of the most robust suicide prevention program out of any global public service provider, the suicide rate of active American soldiers is almost twice as high as that of the general American population. One hypothesis from military suicidologists argues that, although the range of services available is impressive, their limited impact may be because of a lack of evidence-based insight on the factors that are impeding soldiers from accessing or resonating with these services. This work in collaboration with the National Guard will leverage Behavioral Science to effectively nudge soldiers into using the most efficacious suicide prevention program for their specific needs.
Join us for a webinar that will explore this extremely challenging topic from the Chief Behavioral Health Officer, Office of the State Surgeon, U.S National Guard Bureau, as well as Behavioral Science and Cultural Anthropology experts tackling this crisis head-on. This webinar will demonstrate the research approach that will be taken to get ahead of the crisis and prevent suicide in soldiers.
View the recording. You will learn how we will approach:
- Mapping the High-Risk Soldier’s Journey from their decision to enlist, experiences in active duty, and eventual return to civilian life, through an integrated Behavioral Science and Cultural Anthropology approach.
- Overlaying the Soldier's experience from both a behavioral science and cultural anthropological lens to reveal critical areas of vulnerability and key decision points.
- Identifying Moments of Influence along the journey, and uncover and understand the societal pressures, cultural forces, emotional drivers/barriers, and the decision-making biases that impact the Soldier's behavior along the way.
Major Scott Edwards, PHD MAJ, MS, ARNG, Chief Behavioral Health Officer, Office of the State Surgeon, National Guard Bureau
MAJ Scott Edwards joined the Army National Guard in 2009 where he has served as the State Psychologist. MAJ Edwards earned a PhD in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University and trained in Clinical Child Psychology and Pediatric Neuropsychology at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He has over 25 years of clinical experience, having served in diverse clinical settings. MAJ Edwards has held academic appointments at Indiana University, Taylor University, Ball State University, and Grace College, and was recently appointed to the Faculty of the Center for Health Innovation and Implementation Science at Indiana University School of Medicine. He has published numerous papers and book chapters, and provided hundreds of workshops, presentations, and invited addresses. He has been awarded two Meritorious Service Medals and has been honored with multiple other awards for his innovative work building behavioral health systems of care in Indiana and across the 54 National Guard states and territories. MAJ Edwards is also a Founding Member of the National Guard Bureau Chief Surgeon's Behavioral Health Working Group, and now serves as the Chair Emeritus. In his work, he serves as an Advisor and advocate for National Guard Behavioral Health personnel across the country.
Delia Jacobson, VP of Insight & Strategy, Fresh Squeezed Ideas
Delia brings over a decade of experience in social science research, where she plunges heart first into the lives of respondents. She has a knack for uncovering tough, highly motivating insights, which she brings to life through contagious empathy and strategic instinct. Delia holds a BSc in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and a Masters in Public Health from the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain. Her research has spanned the academic, non-profit, and consultancy sectors. She has worked as a Senior Healthcare Strategist at a global strategic insight consultancy, a researcher at Canadian and international universities, and a consultant for community health organizations.
Delia uses qualitative, ethnographic and social science methodologies to intimately understand the lives of patients, healthcare professionals, caregivers, and pharmacists. She has worked across a wide variety of therapeutic areas in oncology, cardiovascular, endocrinology, autoimmune, virology, rare disease, and mental health.
Mikayla Ford, Senior Behavioral Strategist, Fresh Squeezed Ideas
Mikayla is an applied behavioral science specialist with experience using insights from psychology to develop and implement complex research projects in the public and private sectors. With an educational background in psychology and science, Mikayla is passionate about understanding the intricacies of human judgement and decision-making.
Mikayla applies a behavioral lens to client challenges by approaching research through implicit rather than explicit methods and relying on data to interpret findings. Although she’s a member of the Behavioral Science Practice at FSI, Mikayla enjoys tackling interesting challenges through meaningful cross-collaboration with the broader team. Their expertise in areas such as qualitative research, sociology, marketing, and cultural anthropology brings diversity of thought and novel insights to every research question she encounters.