Tag: suicide prevention

The PTSD Addiction

Every now then, a song will pop up on my playlist that fills me with emotion and motivation to write something. Before I begin, watch this video by Blue October.

Army Throwing Soldiers Away

At the end of 2013, I qualified for an intensive, inpatient PTSD program called Warrior Combat Stress RESET Program. Applicants had to undergo extensive testing, interviews, and assessments before being admitted. Reset is an eleven–week intensive outpatient treatment… Read More

DOD Releases 2013 Suicide Event Report

Today, the Department of Defense (DoD) released its 2013 calendar year Suicide Event Report (DoDSER), which details the number of suicide attempts and deaths for U.S. service members. The DoDSER also includes detailed assessments of demographic information, behavioral… Read More

Army Releases April 2013 Suicide Information

We’re going the wrong way here. In spite of numerous suicide prevention programs aimed at reducing or eliminating suicides in the Army, we continue to suffer these preventable losses. So, if programs aren’t working why do you think… Read More

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… Read More

Ask for Help

It’s a message so simple that even a 7-year old understands it. “Ask for help!!!” wrote little John Murray on Post-it notes. It’s a simple message, but also an extraordinarily profound one when you realize whom it is… Read More

An Unwelcome Christmas

Today, I got an announcement from Fort Hood public affairs about the death of a Soldier. Usually, these announcements are necessitated after a Soldier is killed in a traffic fatality or serious illness. Unfortunately, this one was an… Read More

Suicides Eclipse 2011 but Drop Slightly From Previous Month

The DOD released its monthly suicide statistics today. We have officially eclipsed the 2011 totals, which is a new record high for the number of troops that have taken their lives by their own hands. During November, among… Read More

Retired Flag Officers Demand Troops’ Gun Information

According to the Washington Post, a group of retired generals and admirals is lobbying congress to change their stance on the 2011 NDAA that ordered military leaders from collecting information about the weapons troops keep at home. Reading… Read More

Should Attempted Suicide Be a Crime?

The McClatchy reports that the military is struggling with dealing with troops that unsuccessfully attempt suicide. Marine Corps Pvt. Lazzaric T. Caldwell slit his wrists and spurred a legal debate that’s consuming the Pentagon, as well as the… Read More

Army Still Struggling with Suicide

On September 27th, the entire stopped what it was doing for a Suicide Stand Down. Every Soldier in the Army – deployed or not – was required to attend training designed to draw attention to indicators of potential… Read More

ASP Radio: Interview with Psychotherapist Robert Buck, inventor of Neuview Glasses for PTS

On Episode 2 of ASP Radio, I interviewed Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Psychotherapist. Robert Buck. About 12 years ago, he read a book that he says changed his life called “Of Two Minds” by Dr. Fredric Schiffer…. Read More

SMA Speaks Out on Suicide and Other Issues

GANNETT GOVERNMENT MEDIA CO. The cover of this week’s Army Times boldly proclaims, “SMA Cracks Down.” Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond Chandler highlighted several areas that NCOs need to crack down on: hazing, sexual assault, tattoos, and… Read More

Leaders Killing the Led?

On Thursday, I wrote about my positive training experience during the Suicide Prevention Stand Down Day. During the discussion in my group, there were three Soldiers, including myself, that shared stories of their past suicide attempts or thoughts…. Read More

Suicide Prevention Stand Down

As you may know, the Army set aside today to focus on a serious issue plaguing our force: suicide. The Army released suicide data today for the month of August. During August, among active-duty soldiers, there were 16… Read More