The Veterans Affairs Department has named September National Suicide Prevention Month, but the Defense Department continues its year-round, comprehensive, multi-pronged approach to address the issue of suicide in the military, a Pentagon official said Aug. 21.Story
Defense Department officials today released suicide information from the fourth quarter of 2013. Story
Suicide is a serious problem at all levels of the U.S. military. And now the department has a base against which programs intended to prevent it can be measured. In 2012, there were a total of 319 suicides among active duty personnel and 203 among those in the reserve components. Story
When someone is in crisis and feeling despondent, reaching out for help is a stronger step to take than doing nothing, which can lead to a worsening state, a Military Crisis Line responder told American Forces Press Service.
The Military Crisis Line, also known as the Veterans Crisis Line at the same phone and text numbers, is a joint effort between the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments. It provides worldwide services for active duty troops, veterans, family members and concerned friends of those in crisis. Story
Defense Department officials testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee's personnel subcommittee on the relationship between military sexual assault survivors and the subsequent development of suicide and post-traumatic stress disorder. Story
The assistant secretary of defense for health affairs is urging the military community to work together to help prevent suicides. Story