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•The VA and the Department of Defense are concerned that the current treatments they are utilizing to treat combat veterans with PTSD at risk for suicide have not been successful they are seeking innovative approaches to the problem

•SPI has developed and is employing a psychodymanic therapy that had success in treating Vietnam combat veterans at risk for suicide and shows promise of doing so with veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

•We are implementing a project with clinical researchers to test this premise at VA Medical Centers in the Bronx and Manhattan

•An article summarizing our approach entitled “An Innovative Approach to Treating Combat Veterans with PTSD and at Risk for Suicide” has been published in the 2014 issue of Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior. If you would like a copy of that article send us an email to

•Also an article tracing the history of our work going back to the Vietnam War is being published online and subsequently as a chapter of a book called “Suicide and Suicidal Behavior Among Military Personnel and Veterans”

Your support for our work with veterans is greatly appreciated by us and the veterans we are helping. Contributions are fully tax deductible. If you'd like to donate please make checks payable to Suicide Prevention Initiatives, 1045 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10028 or click here to donate online.


Some of our participating investigators from the Bronx VA and SPI came together at our last Life Lines Luncheon.

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Doctors Bruce Levine, Marianne Goodman, Debra Perlick of the Bronx VA and Herbert Hendin and Blake Turner of SPI.