The profession has the 5th highest suicide rates in America
Rick Warren on Son’s Suicide: “I’ll Never Forget the Agony”
Rick and Kay Warren describe how they dealt with their son’s suicide
Veterans Are Only Part of the Challenge
Our active-duty military is in the midst of a mental-health crisis: the suicide numbers are climbing and the volume of psychotropic medications prescribed is multiplying.
While both President Obama and Mitt Romney have plans …
A Better Way Forward
The recent headline on the Drudge Report screamed, MORE AMERICANS NOW COMMIT SUICIDE THAN DIE IN CAR CRASHES. In a Wall Street Journal opinion article last week, we read about the life of Peter Wielunski, a veteran who, while …
The Military’s Anti-Suicide Push: Old Wine, New Bottles
September is suicide prevention month. The military has focused again on reducing suicide, which is absolutely appropriate. But I am troubled by the use of old, already tried/tired (failed?) methods for reducing suicide.
Soldiers and other service members do not need more suicide awareness-type campaigns. They are smart, and well …
“We've put a high priority on is to conduct a detailed analysis of every [green-on-blue] attack and the background of the shooter. One of the problems that we have is, most of the shooters are killed in the attacks or escape -- over half. But that doesn't stop you still digging into their background using multiple means and actually interviewing the ones that we detain. The way I describe it is a bit like watching for suicide.”
Military Mental Health: An Outsider Takes a Peek Inside
Marjorie Morrison is a San Diego psychologist who took time out of her busy private practice to provide “pro-active” mental-health counseling to more than 500 Marines at the recruit depot there. Such counseling removes stigma …
Army Focuses on Reducing Suicides
We’ve just begun the Army’s Suicide Prevention Month – next week marks National Suicide Prevention Week – and the service is cranking up its suicide-prevention efforts:
The Army will expand its observance with events
Hey, Mr. President: Here’s How to Really Help Hurting Vets
I was initially excited by President’s Obama executive order entitled Improving Access to Mental Health Services for Veterans, Service Members, and Military Families. But then I was disappointed as I read the details.
Crisis Intervention Teams For Vets: Sure Beats Jail
Las Vegas — About 2.5 million troops have served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. That’s a lot of people who have seen war up close and personal. It can affect some of them adversely when they come back home. That’s why …
One Concrete Thing
Years now. Almost 11 years into the war in Afghanistan, and with Iraq mostly behind us, we’re still unable to get our hands and our minds around the military suicide rate.
July marked the highest number of suicides among …
Of “Green-on-Blue” Killings, and Army Suicides
Battleland was invited to be on Friday’s PBS NewsHour, but this invitation had a twist that made it different than all that had come before. Host Jeff Brown and his producer, Dan Sagalyn, wanted a two-fer: first, they wanted to …
Grim Record: Soldier Suicides Reach New High
A record number of soldiers – 38 – are suspected of killing themselves in July, the Pentagon said Thursday. It marks a startling jump in the suicide epidemic that has been frustrating Army leaders for years.