A Brief Mindfulness-Based Intervention for Suicidal Ideation (MB-SI)


VA Salt Lake City Health Care System




Psychiatric Disorder
Suicidal Ideation


Behavioral: Brief Mindfulness Based Intervention

Study type


Funder types

Other U.S. Federal agency



Details and patient eligibility


The primary aim of this study is to determine whether a Brief Mindfulness-Based Intervention for Suicidal Ideation (MB-SI) is feasible and safe to implement. The secondary aims are short and longer-term reduction in suicidal ideation (SI) and/or suicide-related behaviors (SRBs) as well as improvements in mindfulness and emotional regulation measures compared to Treatment as Usual (TAU).

Full description

The study feasibility will be assessed through participant enrollment and retention numbers. The safety be monitored by the study personnel and include reporting any adverse effects. The intervention fidelity will be aided by standardizing the intervention and ensuring study personnel has the appropriate trainings. Participants will completed questionnaires assessing their SI and SRB as well as mindfulness and emotional regulation measures at three time points (preintervention, immediately postintervention, and 1-month postintervention) and their results will be compared between MB-SI and TAU groups. Additionally, the comparisons will also be conducted for the Emergency Department (ED) admissions, Inpatient Psychiatric Unit (IPU) admissions, and psychiatric ED admissions.


25 patients




18 to 70 years old


No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

Admitted with suicidal ideation and any active psychiatric or addictive disorder diagnosis.

Exclusion criteria

Diagnosis of psychotic spectrum illness and current psychotic symptoms or significant cognitive impairment.

Trial design

25 participants in 2 patient groups

Brief Mindfulness Based Intervention
Experimental group
Some participants, as a result of random selection, will be asked to participate in four, 45-minute sessions that will occur on four separate days while on the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit (IPU). These four sessions are in addition to the standard IPU treatment and are experimental. These four sessions will include mindfulness meditation practice and education, creating a Crisis Response Plan, and a brief introduction into self-compassion. As stated above, practicing mindfulness means focusing attention on what is occurring in the present moment in a non-judgmental way. The focus may be on what one is seeing or hearing or physical sensations, such as touch, as well as thoughts and emotions. Meditation is just sitting quietly and practicing mindful awareness.
Behavioral: Brief Mindfulness Based Intervention
Treatment as Usual
No Intervention group
Participants will be asked to fill out several short paper and pencil tests to assess your response to the treatment (10 to 15 minutes) pre-intervention and immediately post-intervention while on the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit (IPU), as well as a follow-up phone call or mail one month after discharge from the IPU. All participants will receive the IPU's normal standard of care treatment (for study purposes this called treatment as usual).

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