Importance The Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (Army STARRS) is a multicomponent study designed to generate actionable recommendations to reduce Army suicides and increase knowledge of risk and resilience factors for suicidality. Objectives To present data on prevalence, trends, and basic sociodemographic and Army experience correlates of suicides and accident deaths among active duty Regular Army soldiers between January 1, 2004, and December 31, 2009, and thereby establish a foundation for future Army STARRS investigations.
Director’s Blog NIMH was established nearly 65 years ago to help the nation address the mental health issues of veterans after World War II. Several wars later, we are still committed to helping those who have served, but today the problems are different. At the One Mind for Research meeting last week at UCLA, the differences were clear. Fewer than one percent of Americans have served in Iraq or Afghanistan – 2.7 million men and women over this past decade. Most were under 25, many had never traveled before, and all were volunteers. Over 5,000 died in combat. For many more, war has meant so called “invisible wounds”: the improvement in body armor has protected limbs and lives, but not brains and minds.