Department of Defense Suicide Event Report (DoDSER) Calendar Year 2011 Annual Report
NATIONAL CENTER FOR TELEHEALTH AND TECHNOLOGY TACOMA WA
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The DoDSER program is a collaborative effort of the National Center for Telehealth Technology T2 and the Services suicide prevention program offices. Since 1 January 2008, the DoDSER program has standardized suicide surveillance across the Services with the ultimate goal of facilitating the DoDs suicide prevention mission. When a death is ruled a suicide by the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System AFMES, a designated professional from the respective Service reviews records, conducts interviews when appropriate, and responds to the DoDSER items via the secure web-based DoDSER application httpsdodser.t2.health. mil. As of 1 January 2010, all Services have been collecting data on both suicides and suicide attempts, with some Services collecting data on additional nonfatal suicide events. The DoDSER items collect comprehensive information about the Service Member and the suicide event. The AFMES indicates that 301 Service Members died by suicide in 2011 Air Force 50, Army 167, Marine Corps 32, Navy 52. This number includes deaths strongly suspected to be suicides that are pending final determination. DoDSER Points of Contact POCs submitted reports for 100 of AFMES confirmed 2011 suicides Air Force 46, Army 159, Marine Corps 31, Navy 51 as of the data extraction date 26 April 2012. A total of 915 Service Members attempted suicide in 2011 Air Force 241, Army 432, Marine Corps 156, Navy 86. DoDSERs were submitted for 935 suicide attempts Air Force 251, Army 440, Marine Corps 157, Navy 87. Of the 915 Service Members who attempted suicide, 896 had one attempt, 18 had two attempts, and 1 had three attempts.
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