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Help If You’re Worried About Your Military Loved One

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Over at Time’s Healthland blog, Alexandra Sifferlin has a to-do list for family members who are concerned that their soldier, sailor airman or Marine might be thinking of suicide.

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Again, though PTSD is what gets all of the attention,  only half of those committing suicide have been to combat. This tells us two things: 1) the military needs to do more to reach out to those with depression and 2) the military needs to address other sources of PTSD, such as sexual trauma. If it would make getting help for these issues as acceptable as getting help for combat related PTSD more people would get help. But what happens is someone takes a first step and goes for help, and then gets freaked out about losing their career or their security clearance. If the military would make *treatment* of depression not reportable on the SF 86 it would be able to get a lot more people 1) into treatment and 2) staying in treatment.