The Army released suicide data today for the month of October 2013. The numbers are disturbing.
“Among active-duty soldiers, there were 10 potential suicides: None have been confirmed as suicide and 10 remain under investigation. For September 2013, the Army reported nine potential suicides among active-duty soldiers; however, subsequent to the report, one more case was added bringing September’s total to 10: three have been confirmed as suicides and seven are under investigation.”
“For CY 2013, there have been 126 potential active-duty suicides: 67 have been confirmed as suicides and 59 remain under investigation. Updated active-duty suicide numbers for CY 2012: 186 (172 have been confirmed as suicides and 14 remain under investigation)”, the report said.
“During October 2013, among reserve component soldiers who were not on active duty, there were 12 potential suicides (11 Army National Guard and one Army Reserve): None have been confirmed as suicide and 12 remain under investigation. For September 2013, among that same group, the Army reported eight potential suicides: three have been confirmed as suicides and five cases remain under investigation. For CY 2013, there have been 125 potential not on active duty suicides (82 Army National Guard and 43 Army Reserve): 87 have been confirmed as suicides and 38 remain under investigation. Updated not on active duty suicide numbers for CY 2012: 140 (93 Army National Guard and 47 Army Reserve): 140 have been confirmed as suicides and none remain under investigation” (source: DOD http://www.defense.gov/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=16387).
The Military Crisis Line offers free and confidential support to service members in crisis or anyone who knows a service member who is. The service is staffed by caring, qualified responders from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), many who have served in the military themselves. Support is offered through the crisis line, online chat, and text-messaging services for all service members (active, National Guard and reserve) and veterans 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year by visiting the Military Crisis Line website at http://www.militarycrisisline.net; Online Chat at:http://www.veteranscrisisline.net/ChatTermsOfService.aspx; sending a text to: 838255 or calling toll free at: 1-800-273-8255, Press 1; in Europe Dial: 00800 1273 8255 or DSN 118. Services are available even if members are not registered with the VA or enrolled in VA health care.
The Army’s comprehensive list of Suicide Prevention Program information is located at http://www.preventsuicide.army.mil.
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