DENVER — Military medical researchers say their efforts to reverse the rising number of suicides among service members are based on "good ideas," but they don't know which prevention programs work and which don't.
They launched a $17 million study Wednesday to find out. Army Col. Carl Castro, director of the Military Operational Medicine Research Program at Fort Detrick, Md., said none of the current training programs are evidence-based, and the new study would be. Denver Veterans Affairs researcher Peter Gutierrez said the database sets the project apart from others.
In July, the Army announced a $50 million study of suicide and mental health involving about 500,000 service members and four other research institutions. That is separate from the new initiative, which will be directed by the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Denver and Florida State University.
More than 1,100 U.S. servicemen and women killed themselves from 2005 to 2009.