Chain analysis and evidence-based treatments: You know, they work


In this week’s Short Takes on Suicide Prevention podcast we turn the microphones over to mental health clinicians and suicide prevention researchers, Dr. Sean Barnes and Dr. Lauren Borges, who discuss a clinical technique called “chain analysis.”

Here, Dr. Sean Barnes interviews Dr. Lauren Borges and three other RMIRECC researcher/clinicians who published a paper on chain analysis, explaining its use and benefits, especially with Veterans experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviors. This podcast gives Borges and Barnes a chance to expand on chain analysis, so Veterans, caregivers and clinicians can better decide if it is a tool that might be helpful to them.

One of the unique aspects of Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Veteran Suicide Prevention is that it is both a research center and a clinical center. This means that MIRECC researchers are constantly involved in testing treatment approaches and then using the evidence-based treatment that works best to help Veterans.


Last year, MIRECC launched the website Treatment Works for Vets as a way to introduce Veterans and caregivers to evidence-based treatments for depression, problems sleeping, chronic pain, substance use and relationship issues. This podcast introduces another evidence-based treatment.

Joe Huggins MSW, MSCIS, is a program analyst at Eastern Colorado GRECC and Rocky Mountain MIRECC


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