In 2019, the rate of suicide among US veterans was 52% higher than the rate in the general population. Since 2008, over 6,000 veterans have died by suicide. The reasons for the elevated rates of suicide among veterans are complex, multifactorial and poorly understood. That said, firearms appear to play a crucial explanatory role, as veterans have markedly higher rates of firearm ownership and firearm suicide death than non-veterans.
On Tuesday, October 19, in the sixth episode of our webinar series, we will hear from Dr. Brian Tate Guelzow, a suicide prevention psychologist at the San Francisco VA. Dr. Guelzow will discuss broad trends in veteran firearm suicide and recent VA efforts to disseminate and encourage culturally sensitive lethal means safety counseling practices both locally and throughout the national system.
Mark your calendar for every third Tuesday of the month at noon PDT for more brief talks on firearm injury prevention.
Brian Tate Guelzow, PhD
Dr. Guelzow is a Staff Psychologist on the San Francisco VA Healthcare System’s Suicide Prevention Program. He earned his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from UC Berkeley, and completed his predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the SF VA Medical Center. Dr. Guelzow joined the Suicide Prevention Program in Nov. 2014 and assists in the clinical management of high-risk patients, the education of staff, trainees, and community partners, and implementation of mandated best practices throughout the healthcare system. His current areas of interest in the field include narrative approaches to suicide risk assessment, critical suicidology, and effective strategies for supporting clinicians who have lost a patient to suicide.