| EP 473 – Preventing Veteran Suicide with Rachel Larson

Author / John

1 hr 31 min listen

Our Military’s Mental Health

Rachel Larson [@rlarson_11] has been busy since last time we talked to her. As an enthusiastic researcher based out of Arizona State University, Larson has added Veteran suicide prevention to her long list of research topics. While she’s pivoted from her focus on sport performance and more specifically internal and external cueing, she is embracing this niche population. As she discusses, Veterans have significant and unique risk factors that contribute to suicidality. Hear how her team is crunching the numbers, particularly in AZ to get ahead of this crisis. 

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If you want to know what’s being done to prevent our prior service members from harming themselves, look no further than this episode with Rachel Larson [@rlarson_11]. There is a lot of data being gathered to determine what geographical and sociological groups may be at the greatest risk. That great work is being spearheaded by Larson and her team at Arizona State University. Making an impact on this issue has become Rachel’s focus and she is optimistic about the implications of the research.

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You can follow Rachel Larson on IG [@rlarson_11] and to get involved, contact your local DSHS office.

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John Welbourn is CEO of Power Athlete and Fuse Move. He is also creator of the online training phenomena, Johnnie WOD. He is a 9 year veteran of the NFL. John was drafted with the 97th pick in 1999 NFL Draft and went on to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, appearing in 3 NFC Championship games, and for starter for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007. In 2008, he played with the New England Patriots until an injury ended his season early with him retiring in 2009. Over the course of his career, John has started over 100 games and has 10 play-off appearances. He was a four year lettermen while playing football at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric in 1998. John has worked with the MLB, NFL, NHL, Olympic athletes and Military. He travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition for Power Athlete. You can catch up with John as his personal blog on training, food and life, Talk To Me Johnnie and at Power Athlete.

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