Despite increased attention and efforts, the rate of suicide in the military has increased in recent years. This has led many to suggest that novel and innovative approaches to suicide prevention are needed. Funding from U.S Army, the Military Suicide Research Consortium (MSRC), and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) provided us with an opportunity to develop and test brief, skill-based interventions to reduce risk for suicide: Cognitive Anxiety Sensitivity Treatment (CAST) & Building Stronger Alliances (BSA).

We have now completed five clinical trials focused on reducing risk (anxiety/stress sensitivity) and one large clinical trial focused on reducing perceived burdensomeness/thwarted belongingness. Reductions in risk are considerable and durable, with reductions lasting as long as two years. Additional benefits include improvements in general anxiety/mood, PTSD, and TBI symptoms. From a cost/benefit perspective, CAST/BSA are viable options that can be utilized within broader suicide prevention systems.




The Anxiety and Behavioral Health Clinical at FSU is currently recruiting participants for a new study evaluating a mobile-phone based treatment (RISE-Guide) for adult women who have experienced sexual assault within the past year. Eligible participants for the study will be asked to complete a few questionnaires about their current symptoms, the computerized RISE treatment via smartphone, a short interview about their impressions of the treatment, and one brief online follow-up survey two weeks after their lab appointment. Participants will not be asked to discuss any details of the assault, only how it has affected them since. All information will be kept confidential.

If you are interested or would like more information, please call us at 850-645-1766.

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