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Suicide in the Military

Activity Type:

  • On Demand

Release Date: 10/1/2017

Expiration Date: 10/1/2020

  • AMA PRA Category 1: 0.75
  • Participation: 0.75



Military suicide rates have been increasing and surpassing the rates for society at large over the past decade. This course will explore the relationship between war and suicide risk, while identifying predictors of suicide in military populations and anticipating opportunities where big data might improve suicide prediction.


  • General Member - Free
  • Resident-Fellow Member - Free
  • Medical Student Member - Free
  • Non-Member - $18.75

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the clinical and health system impact of suicide in the USA
  • Integrate the historical context of suicide prediction since WWII with present trends to better understand the relationship between war and suicide risk
  • Identify recent predictors of suicide and suicide attempts in military populations
  • Anticipate opportunities and contributions a big data approach to suicide prediction might have for psychiatric care. 

Target Audience


Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duraton: 45 minutes
Start Date: October 1, 2017
End Date: October 1, 2020

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™ or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course including the evaluation. A multiple choice quiz is provided based on the content. A passing score of 50% must be achieved. Retakes are available for the test. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (non-physicians) showing the completion date and hours earned. 

Continuing Education Credit

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The APA designates this enduring CME activity for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures


  • Robert Ursano, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Director, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, Department of Psychiatry, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.


  • Stephanie Auditore, Director of Membership, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Eric Meyer, MD, Assistant Professor, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.

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Hardware/Software Requirements

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using Internet Explorer 8+, Mozilla Firefox 3+, Safari 4+. This Web site requires that JavaScript and session cookies be enabled. Certain activities may require additional software to view multimedia, presentation, or printable versions of the content. These activities will be marked as such and will provide links to the required software. That software may be: Adobe Flash, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Windows Media Player.

Optimal System Configuration:

  • Flash Player: Adobe Flash Player 10.3+ 
  • Browser: Firefox (latest version), Internet Explorer 8.0+, Safari 7.0+, Microsoft Edge (latest version) or Google Chrome (latest version)
  • Operating System: Windows XP+ or Mac OS X 10.4+ 
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements:

  • Windows PC: 500-MHz Pentium II; Windows XP or higher; 128 MB RAM; Video Card at least 64MB of video memory; Macromedia Flash Player 10.3 or higher; Sound Card at least 16-bit; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content
  • Macintosh:Mac OS X 10.4+ or higher with latest updates installed; 1.83MHz Intel Core Duo or faster; RAM: 128MB or more; Video Card: at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card: at least 16-bit; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content

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