Published: Oct 27, 2010 4:46 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 27, 2010 1:46 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida State University is preparing to announce a new research effort into military suicides.

Florida State professor Thomas Joiner, who has studied suicide issues for many years, will join researchers from the U.S. Army and the Denver VA Medical Center to discuss an initiative they believe can help reduce military suicides.

More than 1,100 members of the armed forces killed themselves from 2005 to 2009, and suicides have been rising again this year.

Just last month, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius launched the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, a public and private coalition dedicated to reducing suicides across the U.S. population.