The US Army has released suicide data for the month of November. Among active-duty soldiers there were seven potential suicides, all of which are under investigation and not yet confirmed. For Reserve component soldiers, there were 8 potential suicides—two confirmed and six under investigation.
As of November 30th, the Army has recognized 260 potential soldier suicides for calendar year 2011. This number is comprised of 154 active duty soldiers, and 106 reserves not on active duty. In 2010 the Army had 305 suicides, up from 242 suicides in 2009 (source: DoD).
Sgt. Maj. Raymond F. Chandler III said: “I am calling on all of our leaders, but especially the noncommissioned officers, the backbone of our great Army, to make a difference. We must cultivate a climate that encourages help-seeking behaviors and supports those who ask for help. By standing shoulder to shoulder, we can ensure that no one stands alone!”
Here at Military Family we are proud to recommend Operation Reach Out, a free military suicide prevention app designed to:
• Encourage people to reach out for help when they are having suicidal thoughts.
• Help those who are concerned about family members, spouses, or fellow service members who may be suicidal.
• Provide a personal contact help center.
• Provide activities to help people who are depressed stay connected to others.
Remember, you are never alone.