- Lead author Dr. Robert Ursano reports rates and predictors of suicide attempts in U.S. Army during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
- Predicting Suicides After Psychiatric Hospitalization in US Army Soldiers (KMOX - Radio)
- Author Interviews: Dr. Ron Kessler talks about predicting suicide after hospitalization (JAMA Psychiatry - Audio interview)
- Spike in Soldier Suicide Rates Leads to Prediction of Post-Hospitalization Suicides (Medical Daily)
Army Study To Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers
Army STARRS is the largest study of mental health risk and resilience ever conducted among military personnel.
The interdisciplinary research team is led by Co-Principal Investigators Robert J. Ursano, MD, of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) and Murray B. Stein, MD, MPH, of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).
Army STARRS investigators are looking for factors that help protect a Soldier’s mental health and factors that put a Soldier’s mental health at risk. Army STARRS ran from July 2009 through June 2015. During that time, research findings were reported to senior Army leadership as the findings became available so the Army had the ability to apply them to ongoing health promotion, risk reduction, and suicide prevention efforts. Because promoting mental health and reducing suicide risk are important for all Americans; the findings from Army STARRS will benefit not only Service members but the nation as a whole.
Soldier confidentiality is essential to Army STARRS. Because this research explores several very personal topics, answers are held in the strictest confidence. Any information that could be used to identify a Soldier is removed from responses and other study information. Each individual's responses are combined with the responses from other study participants. Researchers analyze the combined information to find ways to improve Soldiers' overall mental health. A participant's answers arenever shared with anyone in the Army unless the Soldier indicates that s/he is in imminent danger of self-harm or harming someone else.
Joining Army STARRS is completely voluntary. Responses and personal information remain strictly confidential. If researchers invite a Soldier to participate, the Soldier can decide whether or not to do so.
- Why should you participate in Army STARRS?
Soldiers’ participation in Army STARRS is vitally important to the outcomes of the study. The greater the number of Soldiers who join the study, the more successful researchers will be in identifying the risk and protective factors that affect Soldiers’ psychological well-being. By being part of Army STARRS, you may influence and shape the Army’s ongoing health promotion, risk reduction, and suicide-prevention efforts, which could lead to improved resources for you and your family. In addition, because psychological well-being is important to Americans from all walks of life, the findings from Army STARRS will benefit the nation as a whole.
If you are asked to participate in Army STARRS, your contribution is valuable and confidential but strictly voluntary.
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