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Seeking the Military Suicide Solution Podcast, Episode 24: Capt. Matt Kleiman — Suicide Prevention in the National Guard

This podcast from Military Times examines the alarming rate of military and veterans suicide, offering new insights based on research and effective clinical and peer support practices in suicide prevention. Hosted by Duane France, a retired Army combat veteran, author and mental health counselor, and Shauna Springer, a psychologist, author and nationally recognized expert on initiatives to benefit the military community, the podcast aims to move beyond awareness to identify actionable strategies that can impact the rising suicide rate among service members, veterans, and their families.

About this week’s guest

As the National Guard Bureau J-1 Warrior Resilience & Fitness Division chief, Capt. Matthew Kleiman synchronizes Air and Army National Guard well-being, resilience, and suicide prevention efforts across the 54 states, territories, and District of Columbia. He also serves as the director of psychological health for the chief of the National Guard Bureau.

Kleiman was detailed to the U.S. Coast Guard from 2010 to 2016 as the chief of USCG’s Behavioral Health Services. Prior to that, he was the principal advisor in the Office of Health Affairs to senior leadership at the Department of Homeland Security on resilience and behavioral health policies across the organization.

Kleiman is a commissioned officer in the United States Public Health Service. He began his active duty career over 20 years ago as an Air Force clinical social worker.

Links Mentioned in this Episode:

National Guard Warrior Resilience and Fitness Division

Response/Recovery (RE) Leadership Integrated Engagement Framework (RELIEF)

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Shauna's latest book: Warrior: How to Support Those Who Protect Us

Duane's latest book: Military in the Rear View Mirror: Mental Health and Wellness in Post-Military Life

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