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STAND-TO! Edition: Monday, July 30 2012

Today's Focus:

Army STARRS: Pre/Post Deployment Study

Senior Leaders are Saying

We're letting them know that life is good. And with that, it takes courage and strength when you come forward and say you need some help. If we can break through that -- that very bottom level -- we see success.

- Brig. Gen. Donald M. MacWillie, commander of Fort Riley, emphasizing that his installation is attacking suicide on 'four fronts,' with the first front being to simply engage with Soldiers.

'Pockets of excellence' across Army, but work still needs to be done on health of force

What They're Saying

The Army has really taught me how to bring it all in together and realize what is important.

- Army Olympian Staff Sgt. John Nunn, a race walker, gives credit to the Army for teaching him many things, including discipline and how to focus on benchmarks.

Two-time Army Olympian teaches race walking on Today Show

Visit: Army.mil: U.S. Army Olympians

A Culture of Engagement

Calendar

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

July 27- Aug. 12: London 2012 Olympics, visit Army.mil: U.S. Army Olympians site.

August

Antiterrorism Awareness Month

Aug 1: Army Day
Aug 26: Women's Equality Day Related site: Army.mil: Women in the Army
September

National Preparedness Month
National Hispanic Heritage Month
Suicide Prevention Month
Sept. 11: Patriots Day
Sept. 16 POW/MIA Recognition Day
Sept. 25: Gold Star Mothers Day

Today's Focus

Army STARRS: Pre/Post Deployment Study

What is it?

Army STARRS' Pre/Post Deployment Study (PPDS) is one part of the larger Army STARRS study. Researchers have completed PRE-deployment data collection and this STAND-TO! deals with the POST-deployment phase of PPDS. The goal of this study is to understand how deployment affects risk and protective factors for suicide and behavioral health. In the POST-deployment PPDS, the Army STARRS research team will interview redeploying Soldiers from pre-selected BCTs upon their arrival at Fort Bragg, N.C., Fortt Carson, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The Post PPDS is broken into three phases.

Phase I: Immediately upon return to Home Stations (HS), the Soldier volunteers will be able to take a short survey and donate blood. Soldiers who participate in the blood draw will receive $25 compensation.

Phase II: After block leave, but before the end of the stabilization window (typically 60-90 days post deployment) Soldiers will be asked to complete a laptop-based survey.

Phase III: Six months after Phase II, University of Michigan researchers will recontact Soldiers and invite them to take an additional phone or internet-based survey.

Leadership support is needed to help obtain voluntary participation in all three phases.

What has the Army done?

The Army is partnering 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, University of California, San Diego and University of Michigan to launch Army STARRS. Army STARRS conducts quarterly IPRs for the Secretary of the Army, Chief of Staff of the Army and Vice Chief of Staff of the Army. Information from the civilian team's briefings can be used to help improve Soldiers' behavioral health and well-being.

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 will provide a wealth of information that the Army can quickly apply to its health promotion, risk reduction, and suicide prevention efforts. Maximum participation from those selected for the study helps researchers understand the complex issues of suicide and behavioral health.

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

Army STARRS data collection will continue through CY 2013, data analysis will continue through Q2 2014.

Resources:

Army STARRS
Email: Army STARRS

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