Behavioral Health Epidemiology

Army DoDSER Resources

Last Updated: August 01, 2018

‚ÄčThe Department of Defense Suicide Event Report (DoDSER) standardizes suicide surveillance efforts across the services (Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Navy) to support the DoD's suicide prevention mission.

The DoDSER program is a collaboration of the DoD's Suicide Prevention and Risk Reduction Committee (SPARRC), the Services' Suicide Prevention Program Managers (SPPMs), and the National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2). The DoDSER is used to document a variety of suicide behaviors including suicides, suicide attempts, and some other suicide-related behaviors (such as deliberate self-harm or some cases in which only suicidal ideation is documented).

‚ÄčThe Army DoDSER Program tracks Soldier suicide cases and cases of suicide attempt, ideation, or self-harm resulting in hospitalization or evacuation; coordinates with local medical treatment facility behavioral health providers to facilitate timely reporting of DoDSERs; interfaces with the National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2) for technical issues; and oversees DoDSER internal quality assurance reviews.

Completed DoDSERs are required for all suicide cases within 60 days of the date the event is officially determined a suicide by the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System (AFMES). Additionally, completed DoDSERs are required within 30 days of the date of hospitalization or evacuation for all suicidal behavior (including expressing suicidal ideation and suicide attempts or "gestures").

The DoDSER website External Link includes instructions, detailed coding guidance, a computer-based training program, and the DoDSER webform that collects the comprehensive information about the Service Member and the suicide event. NOTE: In order to login, you must use a DoD Common Access Card (CAC).

The DoDSER publishes an annual report that summarizes Service Members' suicidal events and associated factors. These reports are used to inform research activities surrounding suicide prevention efforts. Reports for CY 2008-2013 External Link are available on the T2 website.

Policies governing the DoDSER program:

Department of Defense

Department of the Army

 

For more information about the Army DoDSER program, please contact usarmy.apg.medcom-aphc.list.eds-bshop-ops@mail.mil