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STAND-TO! Edition: Tuesday, May 22 2012

Today's Focus:

Army STARRS: Soldier Health Outcomes Study

Senior Leaders are Saying

What we have learned over the last ten years, especially in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, that language skills, also accompanied by a cultural level of understanding and skills, are absolutely critical skills to get a mission done ... We are in 180 countries around the world and doing important work each and every day whether we are in the Pacific, or Europe or Asia. We want our Soldiers to have language kills and cultural awareness that will allow them to do that mission better.

- The Secretary of the Army John McHugh, explaining how language and culture skills are critical for the successful accomplishment of missions overseas today and in the future, during a visit to the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, May 21.

McHugh: Language, culture vital for future missions

What They're Saying

I've been able to compartmentalize my life a little better. A lot of things have been going on with two kids and everything after the Olympics. It's basically just breaking down the parts of your life and living each part separately ... Knowing I can get there and be on that stage and have the opportunity to go out there and win an Olympic gold medal, there's no other feeling that can match that other than what my kids give to me and what my loving wife gives to me.

- Army Sgt. Vincent Hancock, after he dominates skeet at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Shotgun Team Trials at the Tucson Trap & Skeet Club, May 18-20.

Hancock dominates skeet at U.S. Olympic Shotgun Trials

A Culture of Engagement

Calendar

May
National Mental Health Month- Related website: Army Medicine Behavioral Health
National Asian Pacific Heritage Month: Asian and Pacific Americans in the U.S. Army
Women's Health Care Month- Related website: Healthy Women
National Military Appreciation Month

May 11: Military Spouse Appreciation Day- Related website: Army.mil: Army Families

May 19: Armed Forces Day

150 Years: The Battle of Gettysburg: The American Civil War

Today's Focus

Army STARRS: Soldier Health Outcomes Study

What is it?

Army STARRS' Soldier Health Outcomes Study (SHOS) is one part of the larger Army STARRS study. SHOS itself is divided into smaller studies, and this STAND-TO deals with study B. In SHOS-B, civilian researchers compare information about Soldiers who died by suicide to information about a control group of healthy Soldiers. By looking at both groups, researchers hope to find areas of risk and resilience. The civilian research team will interview families, loved ones and Army supervisors about many topics including the Soldier's social and work life, mental health history, physical state and experiences. Supervisors may be contacted about a deceased Soldier or about a healthy control Soldier.

Do family members and Army supervisors have to participate? No. Participation is voluntary. However, the greater number of people who join the study, the more researchers can learn about risk and protective factors that affect Soldiers' well-being. All parts of Army STARRS are completely confidential. Researchers combine information they receive from participants, analyze the combined data and report their overall findings to the Senior Army Leadership. Individual Soldiers, supervisors, family and loved ones are not identified in any reports. SHOS-B interviews will continue from June 2012 through November 2013.

What has the Army done?

The Army partnered with the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to learn more about protecting Soldiers' well being. The NIMH assembled a team of experts from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Harvard Medical School, the University of California, San Diego and the University of Michigan and together they launched Army STARRS.

Why is this important to the Army?

The study is part of the Army's commitment to providing the Army Family with the resources it needs to stay mentally fit. The study results are expected to provide a wealth of information that the Army can quickly apply to its health promotion, risk reduction, and suicide prevention efforts.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future?

SHOS-B is one piece of the larger Army STARRS study. Some Army STARRS components will conclude in Q4 2012 while others will continue into CY 2013 data analysis will continue through Q2 2014. Army STARRS conducts quarterly IPRs for the Secretary of the Army, the Chief of Staff of the Army and the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army.

Resources:

Army STARRS

Email: Army STARRS

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