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Military Suicide Research Consortium

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Annual rept. 28 Sep 2010-27 Sep 2011

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The Military Suicide Research Consortiums MSRC continued goal as stated in the initial report is suicide prevention in the military, through research, including on primary, secondary, and tertiary interventions, as well as through information managementscientific communications cataloguing and disseminating knowledge on military suicide. Specifically, suicidal personnel compromise force readiness, place a strain on the healthcare resources of the military, impact unit morale, and take a large emotional toll on the involved friends, family, and commanders. As noted, these points still have not changed and continue to direct how MSRC progresses in its mission. The stigma associated with being suicidal, which limits the extent to which at-risk individuals are willing to seek help, is still present. As MSRC progresses in the development of its tools, it has established a go-to resource for decision-makers to obtain accurate and efficient answers regarding suicidal behavior, again with an emphasis on the military perspective. MSRC continues with and has not changed its design, to facilitate information managementscientific communications for the DoD and to maximize research efforts at understanding and improving suicide risk screening and assessment, interventions, and population-level prevention programs. Now beyond the early stages, the programs and projects conducted by the Consortium continue to provide significant assistance to those involved and continue to ensure that information managementscientific communications occur seamlessly, and that screening and assessment, intervention, and prevention efforts are based on the best possible scientific evidence, specific to military personnel. As will be conveyed in the following sections MSRC and its associates have increased their level of involvement and dissemination of information. Note the updates on studies, outcomes, publications, conferences, white papers and other activities.

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  • Psychology
  • Medicine and Medical Research

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