01 Sep '12, 2am

Army Suicide Numbers are On the Rise

Army Suicide Numbers are On the Rise

The announcement from the Army was a shock – 38 soldiers committed suicide in July of this year. This broke last July’s record of 33. Again, my community is stunned. As a friend who is still downrange in Afghanistan said, the team members read the Army Times report on suicide numbers aloud and were stunned into silence. The online community is asking how, and why. Units are holding suicide stand downs and next month is Suicide Prevention month. The questions, the recriminations are flying. There have been conferences for years, talking about resiliency, claiming that steps are being taken to educate our service members, showing them another way out of their despair. A huge effort has been made to overturn the stigma that is prevalent, the appearance of “weakness” – senior flag and enlisted service members made PSAs, stood up at conferences and talked about their going to m...

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