“Now we’re trying to take a more holistic [approach], which is going to really get a more complex view of how the different factors start to interact,” Lane said. “The alcohol and substance abuse, the risk that our soldiers and their families undergo, the stresses, everything that goes into that picture, [and] trying to get a more complex interaction.”Substance abuse and relationship problem are caused by PTSD but it shouldn't have taken decades to discover what was already known back in the 70's. Looks like the Forgotten Warrior Project was forgotten about.
Army suicide prevention takes on new, data-driven form
Federal News Radio
By Nicole Ogrysko
November 30, 2015
The Army says it’s found a way to use data it already has to learn more about its soldiers and the stressors that might affect their readiness and resilience.
In June, the service finished a roughly five-year project as part of the Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (Army STARRS), which looked at the characteristics of suicide and other mental and behavioral health issues.
Army STARRS collected and organized 40 different datasets, mostly administrative information the Army already had about its soldiers. Data scientists studied demographic information, medical and law enforcement history, in addition to military characteristics like a soldier’s rank, deployment location, number of tours and when a soldier moved up a rank.
To protect soldiers’ identities, the Army STARRS team detached individual names from the actual data.
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