Can we prevent another suicide? EMDR therapy can help those in an acute mental health crisis.

With suicide as one of the leading causes of death throughout the world - and on the rise - more help is needed. New research is finding that EMDR therapy can reduce the risk - by directly addressing the underlying cause of the desire to end one's life.  Scroll down to find out how you can help and to view the handouts from Simon Proudlock's research. His U.K. study found that those in an acute mental health crisis who are treated with EMDR therapy experience significant reductions in their perceptions of "being a burden", their sense of "not belonging" and the feelings of hopelessness, depression, and anxiety; with the result being a reduction in suicidal desires and the risk of suicide. Of course, more research is needed before EMDR therapy will be recognized as a frontline treatment in the suiide prevention field.

The EMDR Research Foundation has established a dedicated research fund for investigation into the impact of EMDR therapy to reduce suicidal urges and thoughts, reduce suicide risk in at risk populations, and provide relief to those impacted by suicide.  Effective help is available but unrecognized - we need research that can demonstrate how EMDR therapy can provide greater relief of suffering.

The EMDR Research Foundation is grateful to Simon Proudlock for giving us permission to share the findings of his current research which shows that EMDR therapy can be used when clients are in an acute mental health crisis in order to resolve suicidal desires and risk.  More research is needed. If you would like to help, please give to our new fund - monies will be used solely to fund EMDR therapy research in suicide preventiona and survivor support. Give now.


Suicide: With death or suffering in millions, the search for solutions matters to us all.  You can help.

Global Suicide Rates 2015

Each year, up to 800,000 people die by suicide - with 20 times that number attempting suicide. Consequently, millions of people are affected or experience suicide trauma and bereavement every year. (WHO, 2017) 

Despite advances in mental health treatment and public health efforts, these numbers are steadily rising in all age groups. More research is needed to ease the suffering caused by the tragedy of suicide. Case reports indicate that Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy may make a difference in suicide prevention and treatment of those who are at high risk of suicide, as well as the treatment of those who have lost a loved one to suicide or been exposed to suicide attempts.   Solid research is needed to expand our knowledge so that more effective help can become widely available. You can help to prevent or ease the suffering of suicide.

To help reduce the contagion of suicide, prevent suicide, and reduce the suffering from suicide:
Donate to the Marcia Murray Memorial Fund for Research in Suicide Prevention and Surivor Support

If you have a personal story about how EMDR therapy has helped you, a loved one, or a client struggling with suicide ideation or suicide loss, please consider sharing your experience by emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Read more: Suicide Prevention and Survivor Support

Announcing...The Carol York Memorial Fund: Hope for Children


The EMDR Research Foundation is honored to announce a new funding opportunity, “The Carol York Memorial Fund: Hope for Children.” All monies raised will be exclusively earmarked for EMDR therapy research with children. Last October, the EMDR therapy community suffered a tremendous loss when Carol York died in a freak auto accident. Carol was a pioneer in working with children and made EMDR therapy a significant part of her life’s work. Carol touched many people’s lives in numerous ways. She was EMDRIA’s first Executive Director and served in this capacity for 7 years. She was committed to enhancing the professionalism of EMDR therapy and remained dedicated to EMDR therapy as a trainer, specialty instructor, consultant and exemplary clinician. The EMDR Research Foundation is grateful to have had Carol as a donor and to all who have and will contribute in her memory. By donating to this fund you will support EMDR therapy research and provide “Hope for Children” as well as honor our esteemed colleague.

Learn more about The Carol York Memorial Fund: Hope for Children >>

Jim Helling - Western Mass EMDRIA Regional NetworkWhy are we so passionate in our support for EMDR research? ....  It is research that guides and empowers the work in our offices day by day.

- Jim Helling for Western Mass EMDRIA Regional Network

The Western Mass EMDRIA Regional Network sponsors an annual "State of the Art EMDR" conference fundraiser, now in its 13th year. We host between 150 and 200 on-site participants for this one-day event and also produce a live webstream which allows us to connect with EMDR therapy colleagues from across the USA and Canada as well as from EMDR Ibero-America, EMDR Europe and EMDR Asia. The success of our conference as a fundraiser has allowed us to provide financial support to EMDR humanitarian efforts, both locally and globally, and also to fund conference scholarships for clinicians of color as part of the effort to bring greater diversity and inclusiveness to the EMDRIA community in this country.

But this evening the spotlight is on our commitment to and support for the growth of knowledge and the refinement of practice through our donations to the EMDR Research Foundation. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to explain why we are so passionate in our support for EMDR research.

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"Violence begets violence.... we must integrate our therapeutic practices and our scientific rigor in the service of humanity."

These words from Dr. Francine Shapiro, who originated EMDR therapy in 1987, are as relevant today as they were in 2001:Francine Shapiro

"Whether individuals are suffering from traumata engendered in developing countries or within the inner cities of developed nations, there is evidence that violence begets violence and that some of our most prevalent social problems are correlated with trauma histories. Specific research is needed to explore the degree to which successful treatment of trauma decreases the amount of high risk and /or perpetrator behavior and deters further victimizations.

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Introduction to PTSD as a brain based condition - and how to help

Pass along hope, help and health for those impacted by PTSD and trauma. In this 40 minute (2015) video, Dr. Jim Knipe explains PTSD as a brain based condition and empirically validated treatments. Although "time doesn't heal all wounds" for some disturbing life experiences; there IS effective treatment. EMDR is an empirically validated treatment for PTSD and trauma related disorders.

$25,000 EMDR Research Funds Available - Please Distribute

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We are also pleased to announce that grant applications can now be submitted online through the EMDR Research Foundation Website for your convenience. 

To ensure multiple high quality applications are received, this information needs a wide distribution. Please forward this announcement to colleagues who are involved in psychotherapy research or to those who may have connections to individuals or organizations involved in psychotherapy research. 

Your assistance in this effort will aid in continued and ongoing solid research in EMDR Therapy. New studies and replication studies are essential to expanding the evidence base for EMDR Therapy across a range of populations and disorders.

For information about the different awards offered, submission deadlines, and the Foundation's research priorities, please continue reading and click on the award of interest.

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Trauma Therapy to Reduce Cycles of Violence

Regardless of whether by war, domestic violence, accidents, or natural disasters, psychological trauma affects as many as 500 million people worldwide, with impact on the individual, family, community, and eventually taking its toll on the human growth and development of an entire country or region.

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