More than once a day a soldier is suspected of killing himself according to the most recent data released by the Department of Defense. A total of 38 suicides are under investigation or confirmed in July.
Among active duty soldiers, there are 26 “potential” suicides, nine in the Army National Guard and three in the Army Reserve.
Time magazine reports that Army experts cannot account for the surge in suicides.
Retired Army colonel Elspeth Ritchie, once the service’s top psychiatrist and a key warrior fighting Army suicides, fears the toll won’t abate any time soon. “One of the risk factors for suicide is getting in trouble at work,” says Ritchie, now a Battleland contributor. “As the Army downsizes, the getting in trouble may translate into more soldiers facing discharge and possible unemployment,” she says. “Another risk factor is trouble with relationships. After a decade of war, going from having a spouse away most of the time — to being at home all the time — actually may make things worse. Especially if the spouse is underemployed.”
- Trained consultants are available 24/7 at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Or visit website at http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
- Military One Source toll-free number 1-800-342-9647
- Defense Center for Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Outreach: 1-866-966-1020
If you need help or know someone who does – call one of the numbers above and talk.
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