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Ralph G. DePalma Memorial TBI Clinical Strategies

Promising Evidence-Based Interventions for Suicide Prevention among Veterans with TBI

by Lisa Brenner, PhD, ABPP
Seminar date: 10/24/2016

Description: US Veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI) have higher suicide rates than members of the general Veteran population. A partnership was established between the Liverpool Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit and the Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center to adapt and evaluate two cognitive behavioral group therapies (CBT) for Veterans with moderate to severe TBI and current hopelessness. The first intervention, Window to Hope (WtoH), was culturally adapted from the original developed in Australia. The second was a novel intervention employing Problem Solving Therapy and Safety Planning for suicide prevention (PST-SP). Findings support the acceptability and feasibility of delivering WtoH and PST-SP to Veterans with moderate to severe TBI. Data from the WtoH RCT supported its efficacy for reducing hopelessness, a significant risk factor for suicide. Intended audience: Mental Health and Rehabilitation Clinicians and others interested in TBI.

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