Date of Award


Degree Name

Healthcare Administration


College of Business

Type of Degree


Document Type

Research Paper

First Advisor

Alberto Coustasse


Introduction: Suicide has been labeled a serious public health dilemma in the United States. Military personnel have suicide rates greater than non-military individuals. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has been used as a means to help military personnel to overcome suicidal thoughts and feelings.

Purpose of the Study: The purpose of this study was to analyze the effect of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy on military patients’ mental health and how it affects the rate of suicidal ideation, suicide attempts, and deaths by suicide in military patients.

Methodology: This study utilized a literature review and a semi-structured interview with a Veteran Affairs social worker. Multiple databases were used to collect 36 total sources. All sources were in English and published from 2012 to 2022. 18 sources were used in the introduction and 18 sources were used in the results and discussion section.

Results: The results showed that overall, CBT has a beneficial impact on suicide rates and suicidal ideations amongst military veterans. As well as the factors that contribute to suicidal ideations, such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Discussion/Conclusion: The literature review found evidence that CBT had better outcomes for military veterans’ suicide rates and suicidal ideations. However, this was not the case for all the studies as some indicated little significance in CBT reducing the suicide rates of military veterans. Further study is needed to evaluate how CBT effect military veterans suicide rates and suicidal ideations.


Health services administration.

Health facilities – Business management.

Cognitive therapy – Evaluation.

Suicide – Treatment.