Army Releases March 2013 Suicide Information

We still don’t seem to be making progress here. Leaders, WAKE UP!!

The Army released suicide data today for the month of March 2013. During March, among active-duty soldiers, there were 10 potential suicides: three have been confirmed as suicides and seven remain under investigation. For February 2013, the Army reported 11 potential suicides among active-duty soldiers; four have been confirmed as suicides and seven are under investigation. For 2013, there have been 41 potential active-duty suicides: 15 have been confirmed as suicides and 26 remain under investigation. Updated active-duty suicide numbers for 2012: 184 (158 have been confirmed as suicides and 26 remain under investigation).

During March 2013, among reserve component soldiers who were not on active duty, there were 12 potential suicides (eight Army National Guard and four Army Reserve): none have been confirmed as suicides and 12 remain under investigation. For February 2013, among that same group, the Army reported 14 potential suicides (eight Army National Guard and six Army Reserve); six have been confirmed as suicides and eight cases remain under investigation. For 2013, there have been 40 potential not on active duty suicides (22 Army National Guard and 18 Army Reserve): 19 have been confirmed as suicides and 21 remain under investigation. Updated not on active duty suicide numbers for 2012: 140 (93 Army National Guard and 47 Army Reserve); 138 have been confirmed as suicides and two remain under investigation.

Soldiers and families in need of crisis assistance can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Trained consultants are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year and can be contacted by dialing 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or by visiting their website at http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

Army leaders can access current health promotion guidance in newly revised Army Regulation 600-63 (Health Promotion) at: http://www.army.mil/usapa/epubs/pdf/r600_63.pdf and Army Pamphlet 600-24 (Health Promotion, Risk Reduction and Suicide Prevention) at http://www.army.mil/usapa/epubs/pdf/p600_24.pdf.

The Army’s comprehensive list of Suicide Prevention Program information is located at http://www.preventsuicide.army.mil.

Suicide prevention training resources for Army families can be accessed at http://www.armyg1.army.mil/hr/suicide/training_sub.asp?sub_cat=20 (requires Army Knowledge Online access to download materials).

Information about Military OneSource is located at http://www.militaryonesource.com or by dialing the toll-free number 1-800-342-9647 for those residing in the continental United States. Overseas personnel should refer to the Military OneSource website for dialing instructions for their specific location.

Information about the Army’s Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Program is located at http://www.army.mil/csf/ .

The Defense Center for Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) Outreach Center can be contacted at 1-866-966-1020, via electronic mail at Resources@DCoEOutreach.org and at http://www.dcoe.health.mil.

The website for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is http://www.afsp.org/ and the Suicide Prevention Resource Council site is found at http://www.sprc.org/index.asp.

4 Comments on “Army Releases March 2013 Suicide Information

  1. This is sad. I dealt with 2 in my unit alone within 30 days. Briefings about suicide don’t help… Stop promoting morons who don’t care about their troops. Stop making it impossible for an AF E7 to make E8 without being a shirt, many are NOT suited for the task. Stop testing in young E5s who don’t know what is going on. Stop rolling back good troops, and letting the useless ones slide. I could go on. Any of us who have been in see the issues. However, it has to be said as well, kids these days just aren’t flipping resilient. Kids kill themselves in BMT… Like seriously dude? Give me a break. It’s an absolute joke. If we weeded out the ones who didn’t belong early, the force would be 110% the better for it, however, since so few people of quality exist, they wouldn’t even be able to fill job slots, so the standards have simply just been lowered as a result. This country used to be strong because of it’s people, and the character of the average citizen. Now what.

  2. The statistics regarding suicides among active duty military and Veterans are inexcusable, and are a national tragedy. One suicide is one too many. This is everyone’s problem. The first step is de-stigmatizing asking for help. The second step is getting help, and the last step is follow-up. At Militaryconnection.com, we have the honor of working with many wonderful non-profits that support our heroes. We realize that once someone asks for help, they need it immediately.
    We want to share with you two groups that provide mental health resources. The help is free and private, so no one has to worry about it going on his or her record. Additionally, these groups also help loved ones who may not be covered by insurance. We highly recommend Give An Hour and The Soldiers Project. Both of these fine organizations are committed to donating their time to provide confidential mental health counseling to U.S. Military personnel and their families affected by the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and other post-9/11 conflicts.
    MilitaryConnection.com supports an initiative led by Give An Hour and Got Your Six to educate, by June, 2014, 100,000 graduate students in mental health disciplines on the unique issues facing the military community. Both of these fine organizations are actively working to increase awareness and the availability of assistance to reduce these ever-increasing numbers.

  3. I’ve been in the Army for over 19 years and unfortunately I know the dangers of suicide. Suicide is 100 percent avoidable but Soldiers are still dying. I write teen/young adult novels about the dangers of bullying and suicide but suicide in the military is just as important. Thanks for posting this information. Hopefully, it finds the right person.

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