Military Continuity Project (MCP)
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University of Washington

Motto’s 1976 study identified “caring letters” as an effective suicide intervention. This study aims to use text messaging or short messaging service (SMS) as a low cost caring contact, in hopes of decreasing suicidal thinking and behavior for active duty military personnel. The study will include service members from multiple installations who have been identified as suicidal by providers at the installation. Participants will be randomly divided into either Treatment as Usual (TAU) or TAU plus Military Continuity Project (MCP). Participants in the MCP group will receive text messages at pre-scheduled times over a 12 month period. After the 12 month period, participants from both groups will complete a follow up assessment containing the measures from the baseline interview.

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