Praeger Publishing Releases Book Highlighting Veterans' Unique Challenges To Healthy Reintegration

Research and Narrative Combine in 'Stopping Military Suicides: Veteran Voices to Help Prevent Deaths'

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Praeger Publishing today announced the publication of Stopping Military Suicideswritten by former Marines Dr. Kate Hendricks Thomas and Sarah Plummer Taylor, MSW.

Blending illustrative narratives from veterans with cutting-edge research, this book provides a model for a needed shift from treatment post-trauma to psychological training pre-trauma to prevent deep depression and resulting suicides.

This powerful and engrossing book puts a human face on the public health crisis that is veteran suicide. Thomas, now a researcher and public health professor, and Plummer Taylor, now a social worker and coach, detail a plan to establish preventative training for mental fitness that will help psychologically "vaccinate" servicemembers against depression and PTSD, common precursors to suicidal thoughts. Thomas and Plummer Taylor detail their mental fitness training program to shift from post-trauma treatment to pre-trauma prevention. Each topic addressed is illustrated with stories from veterans. Part of the solution, Thomas and Plummer Taylor explain, is to present prevention as something for all service members, and as a positive, strength-building, challenging activity for champions, as opposed to a post-trauma treatment only for "weak and broken" warriors.

STOPPING MILITARY SUICIDES (On sale Nov. 9, 2020; $39; Praeger) works to make a case for resiliency training.

Marines turned academics Kate Hendricks Thomas and Sarah Plummer Taylor lend their research and personal stories to this volume. 

The insights and narratives from STOPPING MILITARY SUICIDES are useful for those working in the fields of psychology, health, and social work, or anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding of a new and often forgotten generation of veterans. 

About the Authors:

Kate Hendricks Thomas, Ph.D., is a researcher, speaker, and veterans' health advocate. A U.S. Marine Corps veteran, she is the author of Bulletproofing the Psyche: Preventing Mental Health Problems in Our Military and Veterans as well as Invisible Veterans: What Happens When Military Women Become Civilians Again. She teaches for George Mason University.

Sarah Plummer Taylor, MSW, is a social worker and health coach. She spent several years as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, with multiple combat tours.

  • Publisher: Praeger
  • On sale: Nov. 9, 2020
  • Price: $39
  • Pages: 167
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-4408-7508-3

Additional Resources

For more information or to book Dr. Thomas to speak at events, visit

To contact Sarah for speaking or coaching, visit

Source: Dr. Kate Hendricks Thomas


Categories: Military and Defense

Tags: health promotion, mental health, military health, military mental health, suicide prevention, veterans

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