We came across a news article posted on the U.S. Army’s official homepage about steps the army is taking to prevent suicide, and we wanted to share it:
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (April 18, 2013) — Last year, the Army’s suicide rate peaked to astronomical levels, as the service reported more than 320 suicides. The increase in the number of reported suicides set off various alarms with the Army’s senior leadership, and prompted the service to take a closer look at its suicide prevention program.
To ensure that those numbers are decreased in 2013, the Army has worked to ensure that all leaders are familiar with the resources available to at-risk Soldiers and other community members.
Fort Bragg is no different.
According to Lt. Col. Kevin Willis, manager, XVIII Airborne Corps Suicide Prevention Program, the goal of the Fort Bragg program, as directly related to the Army Suicide Prevention Program, is to prevent suicide among Soldiers, family members and civilians.
Willis pointed out that in accordance with ARMY DA PAM 600-24: Health Promotion, Risk Reduction, and Suicide Prevention, suicide prevention is described as a continuum of awareness, intervention, and postvention to help save lives. Ultimately, the goal of prevention is to develop healthy, resilient Soldiers to the point where suicide is not an option.
He said it is important to establish a culture that reinforces help-seeking behavior as an appropriate and widely accepted part of being responsible.
Continue reading at www.army.mil: Suicide prevention: Resiliency key to overcoming threat to Army ranks