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


SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.–Praeger Publishing today announced the publication of Stopping Military Suicides. 

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.

Thomas, now a researcher and assistant professor of public health, and Plummer Taylor, now a social worker and adjunct professor, detail a plan to establish preventative training for mental fitness that will help psychologically “vaccinate” service members against depression and PTSD, the most 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 SUICIDE (On sale Nov 10, 2020; $39.00; Praeger) works to make those experiences visible.

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 of psychology, health, and social work, or anyone interested in the gaining a deeper understanding of a new and often forgotten generation of veterans. 


About the Authors:

Kate Hendricks Thomas, PhD, is a researcher, speaker, and veterans’ health advocate. A U.S. Marine Corps veteran, she is author of Bulletproofing the Psyche: Preventing Mental Health Problems in Our Military and Veterans

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 10, 2020
  • Price: $39.00
  • Pages: 167
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-4408-7508-3

Additional Resources

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