A GoodTherapy.org News Update
For many people of all vocations and backgrounds, times have been considerably tough for the past few years. Major changes in terms of financial life along with a rapidly growing and changing world have created a fair amount of turmoil, and those in both developed and emerging nations have been feeling the pinch. Yet perhaps closest to the front lines of change, especially when change takes a violent turn, there exists a group of people whose experience of day to day difficulty puts them in an entirely different class. Soldiers at war are exposed to some of the most stressful and harrowing experiences modern life has to offer, and many are finding the burden too difficult to bear.
There’s no denying that soldier suicide is a critical issue; it was recently revealed that in January, more soldiers died by their own hands than in the course of combat. An incredible fact that seems on the edge of possibility, this problem belies the need for meaningful and rapid understanding on the part of armed forces administrators and leaders, and for effective prevention programs as well. Accordingly, the US Department of Defense today announced the appointment of David Rudd, Psychology Chair at Texas Tech University, to a study that will test psychological treatments for suicidal veterans.
The study, set to begin in September, has been allocated nearly two million dollars’ of funding and will focus on cognitive behavioral therapy techniques. Aiming to reflect and seamlessly work with the structure and demands of military life, the study will incorporate a relatively short three-month treatment period, and determine whether a customized, scalable program can help soldiers keep suicidal thoughts and feelings at bay, for both mental health and the ability to remain in service.
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