A recent report from the Associated Press revealed 154 suicides occurred among active duty soldiers from January 1 to June 3 this year. That comes out to nearly one soldier committing suicide each day – 24 more cases than in that same time span a year ago.
Military suicide is becoming a serious issue not only among active duty military personnel, but also among veterans. With suicide rates surpassing automobile accidents to become the second leading cause of death among active duty soldiers (trailing only slightly behind combat-related causalities), the Department of Defense is assembling a group of top officials from their department as well as officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Defense for Health Affairs to address it.
According to Army Times, the conference will take place June 20-23 and will focus on the latest research and statistics on military suicide, as well as current and in-development assessment and treatment programs. Officials hope that successful suicide prevention programs can be singled out and discussed as teaching tools for developing similar results in other areas.
There are multiple factors that contribute to military suicide rates making it difficult for medical professionals to pinpoint any one cause of the increase. Therefore, the conference will be reviewing the fundamentals, going over research, and sharing the most effective systems pertaining to suicide prevention.
Suicide risk is often higher in disabled veterans who suffer from physical or mental conditions that impair their lives. Many veterans suffer chronic pain or incapacitation, while others struggle with anxiety, depression, and emotional issues.
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