TAPS Talks: Too Close for Comfort - Mental Health and Wellness During Changing Family Dynamics

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Presented by the TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing®, this live connection with Kim Ruocco and Carla Stumpf-Patton, discusses how to maintain mental health and wellness during changes in the family dynamics.



Kim Ruocco
Kim Ruocco, MSWKim is Vice President of TAPS Suicide Prevention & Postvention program. She is a subject matter expert regularly quoted in national newspapers articles on the topics of suicide, military culture, mental illness, PTSD, and VA and DOD policy matters. She assisted in the development of the DSPO Postvention Toolkit and a reviewer for the current national strategy for postvention. She and her sons participated in the Sesame Street When Families Grieve video provided internationally to families who have a recent death. She created a team of peer-professionals who provide care and comfort to survivors of military suicide. Ms. Ruocco is currently the co-lead on the National Action Alliance Military and Family Task force and a member of the National Expert Advisory Panel for Research. She is also the surviving widow of Marine Corp Major John Ruocco, who died by suicide in 2005.
Carla Stumpf-Patton
Carla Stumpf-Patton, EdDLMHCNCC, FTCCTPCarla supports survivors of suicide loss as the Senior Director of Suicide Postvention at TAPS. Carla is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Certified Fellow of Thanatology, and professional member of the American Association of Suicidology and Association for Death Education and Counseling. She holds a bachelor’s in psychology, a master’s in professional mental health counseling, and a Doctorate of Education, for which she completed her dissertation research on military families bereaved by suicide.


Program Details

This live connection is free and open to the public.


About the TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing®

The TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing® is positioned to be the national and worldwide leader in training and education for bereavement professionals, bereaved individuals, and grieving military, veteran and civilian families. The Institute serves as a resource and training center, providing a hub for high-quality collaboration among professionals working in the field of grief and loss.

The Institute is where practical information on coping with loss are accessible for all who seek current strategies, the most effective tools, and best practices for supporting those who are grieving and those who serve the grieving. 

The Institute provides workshops, seminars, panel discussions, and more to educate caregivers, mental health professionals, clergy, funeral directors, casualty officers, the bereaved themselves, and so many others on the best ways to travel the grief journey.

TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing® is located at TAPS Headquarters, 3033 Wilson Blvd., Third Floor, Arlington, VA 22201

Email us at Institute@taps.org or give us a call at 800-959-8277 (TAPS) with any questions.