Evidence-based Suicide Intervention Model for U.S. Army Blocked by NIMH

Friday, May 8, 2009

Depression Cure and Evidence-based Suicide Intervention Model for U.S. Army Blocked by NIMH from Scientific Review
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) May 7, 2009 -- Despite an unprecedented crisis in military suicidality, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has rejected the only evidence-based proposal - the Burris SR process - to cure post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and suicide in the U.S. Army.

The rejection shocked proposal scientists, former Marine officer, combat veteran and psychotherapist Dr. Ron Clark, the Principal Investigator (PI), and former USAF officer, psychologist and co-PI Dr. Jeff Litchford.

The Burris SR process proposed by the doctors has a record of success over its 25 year history, and it has established itself as the only evidence-based program process in mental health. The model, referred to by Drs. Clark and Litchford as "Subconscious Restructuring (SR)," is well-suited as the program of choice to overcome PTSD/suicidality problems of combat-returning U.S. Army military personnel and their families. It teaches depressed, traumatized and suicidal service personnel and their families how to restructure their subconscious, and replace dysfunctional components with more appropriate goal-oriented words, pictures, thoughts, emotions and behaviors. When symptoms of depression are present, as in the case of PTSD and suicidality, the Burris SR intervention is especially effective.

No evidence-based program processes were funded in 2007, when $277 million was dispersed via CDMRP to address PTSD and TBI.

The SR intervention begins with a rich data collection and baselining component inherent in three time-proven instruments, and it quickly develops individual skill in subconscious intervention and control over depressive thought processes. Subconscious mapping and the use of empowering questions allow participants to develop a strong, enduring methodology of subconscious restructuring, as traumatic, depressive, and dysfunctional thoughts, fears, guilt, shame and anger are replaced with more appropriate personal goal-oriented constructs.

Through the course of explaining the research plan, the translational epidemiology, and how the problem would ultimately be fixed, NIMH did not recognize the document - a Depression Checklist - proposed for use, as the primary instrument for data collection. The checklist is widely used by those who treat PTSD/suicide to monitor depression, which experts agree is the primary symptom of PTSD and suicidality.

NIMH discounted depression as the most significant issue by stating, "It is not what we would call a strong risk factor."

When the developer of the Burris SR process, Kelly Burris, inquired as to why the proposal was rejected, NIMH stated it did "not believe the model proposal matched the requirements of the RFA." The Project Summary and Research Plan are available at www.KellyBurris.com.

Burris is countering what he affirms as "political and bureaucratic shortsightedness," and, as a patriotic gesture, is making the SR Workbook for Warriors that was going to be made available to all U.S. Army servicemen and women through the NIMH grant available as a free download to all current and former military personal at www.KellyBurris.com.



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