The purpose of this study is to see whether an integrated treatment for trauma survivors who are thinking about suicide called Prolonged Exposure and Coping Long Term with Active Suicide Program ("CLASP-PE") helps to reduce distress and improve safety. Participants will be asked to attend up to 16 therapy sessions held once or twice each week and complete questionnaires about mood and anxiety levels four times (before treatment, after treatment, and at 3- and 5-month follow-up. Study participation will last 5-6 months (weekly for up to 16 weeks and then once for assessments at 3 and 5 months).
Behavioral health problems among Veterans have raised awareness of the critical need for more reliable, effective, and accessible ways to recognize those in need, direct them to help, and ensure that they receive the best evidence-based care available. AboutFace is a novel peer education program that features the personal stories of Veterans and is designed to improve Veterans' likelihood of engaging in PTSD specialty care. Using a randomized controlled study design we propose to compare the efficacy of AboutFace relative to standard care for improving treatment engagement and outcomes. Additional data from VA providers will provide valuable information on wide scale implementation and dissemination of AboutFace. If AboutFace increases access of services, data will have broad implications for overcoming barriers to care for Veterans with PTSD and other stigmatized conditions.