Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Suicide Prevention

2014-09-25 15:08:23 | BioPortfolio


The purpose of this study is to test a psychotherapeutic intervention that integrates cognitive therapy and mindfulness meditation techniques to prevent suicide in military veterans.


Every month the VA becomes aware of approximately 1,100 veterans in VA care who attempt suicide. While the VA has implemented a comprehensive, multifaceted suicide prevention approach, it has yet to implement nationally any evidence-based psychotherapies targeting suicide, a gap due largely to the dearth of evidence-based therapies for suicide. Primary aims of this proposal are to conduct a randomized controlled trial testing an adaptation of a cognitive-behavioral intervention, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), for veterans on the VA's High Risk for Suicide List. Our adapted version of MBCT for suicide (MBCT-S) integrates mindfulness meditation techniques with standard cognitive therapy into a low-intensity group therapy format and builds on the VA Safety Plan to enhance patients' awareness of suicide triggers and appropriate coping strategies. This study has the potential to increase the range of cost effective treatment alternatives for the large number of suicidal veterans for whom evidence-based therapies are severely limited.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Treatment




Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Suicide, Treatment as usual


Lyons Campus of the VA New Jersey Health Care System, Lyons, NJ
New Jersey
United States


Enrolling by invitation


Department of Veterans Affairs

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-09-25T15:08:23-0400

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