October 24, 2022
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The US Department of Defense awarded $8.4 million to researchers at Wexner Medical Center and The Ohio State University College of Medicine to conduct studies on suicide prevention.
The research focuses on increasing the suicide rate among the military by determining effective suicide prevention strategies.
“Beyond the tragic loss of life, military suicides have broad repercussions for family and friends as well as fellow service members, and they have a negative impact on national security,” Craig Bryan, Doctor of Psychology, ABPP, a clinical psychologist and professor at Ohio State University, said in a university press release. “Research has even shown that service members who know another service member who has died by suicide are at increased risk for suicidal behavior.”
The Augmenting Suicide Prevention Interventions for Servicemembers (ASPIS) collaboration will focus on five research projects conducted in a variety of settings and with a wide range of service members.
“Our projects aim to help military clinicians make optimal treatment decisions for service members presenting with suicidal ideation and will help military leaders decide how best to prioritize and allocate resources around practical but potentially costly like treatment implementation efforts and training clinicians in effective suicide prevention strategies,” Bryan said in the statement.