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Science News About Military Servicemembers

Attention-Control Video Game Curbs Combat Vets’ PTSD Symptoms

Science Update

Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (Army STARRS)

A video game that implicitly taught combat vets that threatening stimuli are irrelevant to performing their task reduced their PTSD symptoms.

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Study May Help Department of Veterans Affairs Find Patients with High Risk of Suicide

Press Release

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Scientists used health data to identify very small groups of VHA patients with very high, predicted suicide risk. Such methods can help the VHA to target suicide prevention efforts for patients at high risk, and may have more wide-ranging benefits.

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Soldiers at Increased Suicide Risk after Leaving Hospital

Press Release

Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (Army STARRS)

Soldiers hospitalized with a psychiatric disorder have a higher suicide risk in the year following discharge from the hospital.

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Suicide in the Military: Army-NIH Funded Study Points to Risk and Protective Factors

Press Release

Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (Army STARRS)

Although the suicide attempt and death rates in the U.S. Army have been historically below the civilian rate, these rates began climbing in the early 2000s, and by 2008, exceeded those of civilians. A joint study between the Army and NIMH, called Army STARRS, recently released findings that shed light on the problem.

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President Obama’s Executive Order Leads to National Research Action Plan

Science Update

Source: WhiteHouse.gov

President Obama announced the National Research Action Plan (NRAP)—a comprehensive approach to improve our understanding and treatment of mental health problems affecting veterans, service members, and their families.

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DoD, VA, and HHS Report on Improving Mental Health Services for Military, Veterans, and Families

Science Update

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A new report from the Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs, and Health and Human Services outlines progress made toward improving mental health services for members of the military, veterans, and their families.

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