Suicide | A Brief Intervention to Reduce Suicide Risk in Military Service Members and Veterans - Study 2 (SAFEMIL)

Suicide research study

What is the primary objective of this study?

The investigators propose to test the efficacy of a brief, readily accessible, and personalized treatment called the Safety Planning for Military (SAFE MIL; Stanley and Brown, 2012).

Who is eligible to participate?

Inclusion Criteria: - Patient Admitted Due to Recent Suicide Intent and/or Suicide Attempt within past month - Baseline Assessment Completed within 48 Hours of Hospital Admission - Age of 18 years or older. Exclusion Criteria: - Medical Incapacity to Participate and/or Serious Cognitive Impairment - Expected Discharge within 72 Hours of Admission - Expected Deployment within 1-Month - Inability to read or understand English - Inability to provide Informed Consent

Which medical condition, disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury is researched?


Suicide, Attempted

Study Interventions

Interventions can include giving participants drugs, medical devices, procedures, vaccines, and other products that are either investigational or already available or noninvasive approaches such as surveys, education, and interviews.

Behavioral:Safety Planning - Military (SAFE MIL)The Safety Planning Intervention (SPI) which is delivered in the SAFE MIL condition aims to help individuals lower their imminent suicide risk by having them collaborate with the study clinician to generate a detailed, hierarchically-arranged action plan for managing suicidal thoughts and urges.

Study Arms

Research studies and clinical trials typically have two or more research arms. An arm is a group of people who receive the same treatment in the study.

Safety Planning - Military (SAFE-MIL)Brief Safety Planning Using Stanley and Brown (2012) Model

E-CARETreatment As Usual and Assessment Services of Study; Control Condition

Study Status


Start Date: September 2009

Completed Date: December 2018

Phase: N/A

Type: Interventional


Primary Outcome: Suicide Ideation

Secondary Outcome:

Study sponsors, principal investigator, and references

Principal Investigator: Marjan G Holloway, Ph.D.

Lead Sponsor: Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine

Collaborator: U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command

More information:

Knox KL, Stanley B, Currier GW, Brenner L, Ghahramanlou-Holloway M, Brown G. An emergency department-based brief intervention for veterans at risk for suicide (SAFE VET). Am J Public Health. 2012 Mar;102 Suppl 1:S33-7. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300501.

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