Military Suicide Data Made Available to Public

Detailed Suicide Reports Covering 2008-2010 Released to the Public by DoD

National Center for Telehealth & Technology

BLOGBACK: The Defense Department has made available annual reports on suicide which provide statistical and demographic data previously unknown and difficult to gather. Unclear is how complete these reports are, as they appear to lack complete statistics for Reserve, Guard or Individual Ready Reserve component.

The DoD Suicide Event Report (DoDSER) standardizes suicide surveillance efforts across the Services (Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Navy) to support the DoD’s suicide prevention mission.

Historically, all the Service branches used idiosyncratic suicide surveillance systems. In January of 2008, the DoDSER was launched as a DoD solution to monitor all branches of the military. The DoDSER program is a collaborative effort among the DoD’s Suicide Prevention and Risk Reduction Committee (SPARRC), the Services’ DoDSER Program Managers, and the National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2).

Data collection software ensures success of the world-wide suicide surveillance mission.

The DoDSER is used for a variety of suicide behaviors including suicides, suicide attempts, and some other suicide related behaviors (e.g., deliberate self-harm or some cases in which only suicidal ideation is documented). Each Service conducts a professional review of records, and conducts interviews where appropriate. The DoDSER Website collects the comprehensive information about the Service Member and the suicide event.

Links to the reports:

2010
http://www.t2health.org/sites/default/files/dodser/DoDSER_2010_Annual_Report.pdf

2009
http://www.t2health.org/sites/default/files/2009_DoDSER_Annual_Report.pdf

2008
http://www.t2health.org/sites/default/files/2008_DoDSER_Annual_Report.pdf

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