New Project: Reducing Suicide among Veterans of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

The high rate of suicide among veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has become a source of public concern. Although our ability to recognize veterans at risk for suicide and intensify the psychiatric care they receive is increasing, they need more than individual psychiatric care. Their problems include work, social relations, and relations with their families. Family Psychoeducation (FPE) has been demonstrated to improve the results of all other treatments with which it has been tried –reducing symptoms, and relapse rates, and improving social and family relations and overall life functioning. No FPE project, with veterans or civilians and their families has included veterans  known to be at risk for suicide which this project will do.