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Hosted by a team of experts, Short Takes on Suicide Prevention breaks down the science behind preventing suicide, developing treatments that work and saving lives. Produced by the VA Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) for Veteran Suicide Prevention, this podcast is featured in the VA Podcast Network. The Department of Veterans Affairs does not endorse or officially sanction any entities that may be discussed in this podcast, nor any media, products or services they may provide.

Jun 4, 2022

It is well known that exercise can improve both physical and mental health. But what about preventing and treating PTSD in Veterans? In this episode, Dr. Edgar Villarreal speaks with researcher Dr. Daniel Reis and Army Veteran Adam Holt. Through the lens of both research and lived experience they explore exercise as an alternative treatment option for Veterans living with PTSD. Reis shares the findings of his article that reviewed research on the effect of exercise on PTSD symptoms in Veterans. And Holt shares his own journey from struggling with trauma, substance use and suicide attempts to literally running from relapse. Holt recently opened a free gym to create an active, sober community and support Veterans in recovery.  

Transcript Episode 134 Short Takes

Article Discussed: Exercise to Reduce Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms in Veterans

Host: Edgar Villarreal, PhD, is a Psychologist and the Director of Education and Training at the VA Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Suicide Prevention.

Guest: Adam Holt is a U.S. Army Veteran and the Executive Director of Outsiders Anonymous - a 100% free gym for individuals in recovery, Veterans with PTSD, and the community that supports them. 

Guest: Daniel Reis, PhD, is an Advanced Fellow in Mental Illness Research and Treatment at the VA Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Suicide Prevention. His research interests include the relationship between lifestyle variables and mental health outcomes as well as the impact of seasonal sunlight on depression treatment outcomes.

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