Suicide and Traumatic Brain Injury


This week I am presenting on the topic of Suicide and Traumatic Brain Injury at the Silent Wounds of War: Addressing the Needs of Our Returning Vets conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Brain injury and the significant mental health problems (PTSD, suicide, depression and substance abuse) experienced by some veterans are coming to the forefront through news stories, personal accounts and the efforts of individuals and organizations who are trying to make a difference in the lives of our returning soldiers. As I was finalizing the presentation I was asked by the Brain Injury Association of London and Region (Ontario, Canada) to contribute a short article on the same topic to their December edition of The Monarch and to consider an article about the returning Canadian vets in a forthcoming article.

We can’t sweep these problems under the rug. Our energies, resources and skills are required to assist our soldiers as they return home with the long lasting physical and psychological wounds of war.

About Rolf Gainer Ph.D.

Dr. Rolf Gainer is the founder of the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma as well as the Neurological Rehabilitation Institute of Ontario, in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Gainer is a psychologist with more than twenty-five years of experience in the treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. Dr. Gainer has designed and operated innovative rehabilitation programs in the United States and Canada for individuals who have been regarded as difficult to serve. He is currently involved in conducting two outcome studies related to the long-term issues faced by individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. He has presented papers throughout the United States and Canada in many professional conferences and educational forums.

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