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Suicide Solution Involves Leadership

WASHINGTON – While no easy answers exist to a military suicide problem that has reached "crisis level," a big part of the solution is tied to leadership, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today. Story

Overcoming the Stigma

Although this is a story about Army Maj. Gen. Mark Graham, his wife Carol and their tireless work to prevent suicide, this is a story that transcends rank, class, race and gender. It is a story about survival.
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Outreach ‘Essential’ to Suicide Prevention, Official Says

WASHINGTON – Preventing suicide among servicemembers and veterans calls for comprehensive education and communication, the director of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury said here. Story

Mullen Discusses Army Challenges, Longer ‘Dwell’ Time

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9, 2010 – The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff stressed the need for strong garrison leadership today, underscoring the effects longer periods at home between deployments may have on troops and their families in the future. Story

Suicide Solution Involves Leadership, Mullen Says

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2, 2010 – While no easy answers exist to a military suicide problem that has reached "crisis level," a big part of the solution is tied to leadership, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today. Story

Mullen: Military Needs Leaders to Address Suicide Issue

CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea, July 21, 2010 – Leadership and the effects it can have to help bring down the suicide rate were among the topics the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff discussed with servicemembers here today. Story | Video

Outreach ‘Essential’ to Suicide Prevention, Official Says

WASHINGTON, July 14, 2010 – Preventing suicide among servicemembers and veterans calls for comprehensive education and communication, the director of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury said here today. Story

Mullens Advocate More Reserve Support

WASHINGTON, July 2, 2010 – Military leaders are working hard to create the same kind of support network for the reserve components that exists for the active duty, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said yesterday.
"I started to fixate on death, especially my own death. Story

Services, VA Use Technology for Outreach

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2010 – The military services and the Veterans Health Administration of the Veterans Affairs Department increasingly use digital technology to reach out to identify and treat servicemembers with traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder. Story

Services Work to Learn About Brain Ailments, Suicides

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2010 – Post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury and suicides among servicemembers are interrelated problems requiring holistic prevention methods and more scientific study, military leaders told a Senate panel today. Story | Video

Survivor Shares Story to Combat Troop Suicides

WASHINGTON, June 11, 2010 – Kim Ruocco hung up the phone with her husband, relieved he had finally agreed to seek help for his increasingly severe bouts of depression. Story

Top Enlisted Airman Addresses Quality-of-Life Issues

WASHINGTON, May 24, 2010 – As Air Force leaders work to improve the quality of life for airmen and their families, suicide prevention is among their top priorities, the service’s top enlisted airman said. Story

Army Guard Battles Soldier Suicides

WASHINGTON, March 30, 2010 – With 2010 suicide numbers slightly above last year’s and coming off the worst January on record, the Army National Guard is emphasizing resilience, transition programs and the importance of asking for help. Story

Military Leads Mental Health Care Transformation

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2010 – The United States is in the middle of a “cultural transformation” in mental health treatment led by the Defense Department and the military services, the department’s top mental health expert told a congressional panel today. Story

Mullen Voices Concern with Military Suicide Rate

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2010 – Suicide is a growing problem in the military community, and its leaders must be committed to reversing that trend, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today. Story

Veteran Gives Insight on Suicide Prevention

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2010 – When retired Army Maj. Ed Pulido was medically evacuated from Iraq in August 2004, he knew tough challenges were ahead, as he’d have to learn to live without his left leg. Story

Podcast Series Addresses Post-deployment Challenges

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2010 – Servicemembers and their families can get help coping with post-deployment stress through a new series of podcasts profiling the personal stories of those who have lived it. Story

Officials Urge Collaboration in Suicide Prevention

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2010 – There are no clear-cut answers to suicide prevention, but through collaboration and team work from federal and private institutions, the nation can better address the challenge, Defense and Veteran Affairs department officials said today. Story

Mullen Lists Priorities, Challenges for U.S. Military

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2010 – The broader Middle East, taking care of troops and their families and managing risk remain the military’s top priorities, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today. Story

Warning Signs for Suicide
  • Threatening to hurt or kill oneself or talking about wanting to hurt or kill oneself
  • Looking for ways to kill oneself by seeking access to firearms, available pills, or other means
  • Talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide when these actions are out of the ordinary for the person
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Feeling rage or uncontrolled anger or seeking revenge
  • Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities - seemingly without thinking
  • Feeling trapped - like there's no way out
  • Increasing alcohol or drug use
  • Withdrawing from friends, family, and society
  • Feeling anxious, agitated, or unable to sleep or sleeping all the time
  • Experiencing dramatic mood changes
  • Seeing no reason for living or having no sense of purpose in life

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


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