U.S. Army Releases March 2012 Suicide Data

The Army released sui­cide data today for the month of March. Dur­ing March, among active-duty sol­diers, there were 18 poten­tial sui­cides: three have been con­firmed as sui­cides and 15 remain under inves­ti­ga­tion. For Feb­ru­ary, the Army report­ed 11 poten­tial sui­cides among active-duty sol­diers. Since the release of that report, five have been con­firmed as sui­cides and six remain under inves­ti­ga­tion. For 2012, there have been 45 poten­tial active-duty sui­cides: 20 have been con­firmed as sui­cides and 25 remain under inves­ti­ga­tion. Updat­ed active-duty sui­cide num­bers for 2011: 164 (164 have been con­firmed as sui­cides and none remain under inves­ti­ga­tion).

Dur­ing March, among reserve com­po­nent sol­diers who were not on active duty, there were 10 poten­tial sui­cides (sev­en Army Nation­al Guard and three Army Reserve): four have been con­firmed as sui­cides and six remain under inves­ti­ga­tion. For Feb­ru­ary, among that same group, the Army report­ed three poten­tial sui­cides. Since the release of that report, one case has been added for a total of four poten­tial sui­cides (four Army Nation­al Guard and no Army Reserve): three have been con­firmed as sui­cides and one remains under inves­ti­ga­tion. For 2012, there have been 20 poten­tial not on active duty sui­cides (16 Army Nation­al Guard and four Army Reserve): 13 have been con­firmed as sui­cides and sev­en remain under inves­ti­ga­tion. Updat­ed not on active duty sui­cide num­bers for 2011: 117 (81 Army Nation­al Guard and 36 Army Reserve); 117 have been con­firmed as sui­cides and none remain under inves­ti­ga­tion.

“One sui­cide is one too many. We in Army med­i­cine have part­nered with our line lead­ers to enhance men­tal health resilien­cy; by engag­ing sol­diers holis­ti­cal­ly by sup­port­ing their men­tal, phys­i­cal and spir­i­tu­al well being in an effort to improve the health and well­ness of the Force. We are com­mit­ted to every sol­dier and our efforts are focused on pre­ven­tion well before the indi­vid­ual choos­es sui­cide as their only option,” said Lt. Gen. Patri­cia D. Horo­ho, the sur­geon gen­er­al of the Army.

Sol­diers and fam­i­lies in need of cri­sis assis­tance can con­tact the Nation­al Sui­cide Pre­ven­tion Life­line. Trained con­sul­tants are avail­able 24 hours a day, sev­en days a week, 365 days a year and can be con­tact­ed by dial­ing 1–800-273-TALK (8255) or by vis­it­ing their web­site at http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org .

Army lead­ers can access cur­rent health pro­mo­tion guid­ance in new­ly revised Army Reg­u­la­tion 600–63 (Health Pro­mo­tion) at: http://www.army.mil/usapa/epubs/pdf/r600_63.pdf and Army Pam­phlet 600–24 (Health Pro­mo­tion, Risk Reduc­tion and Sui­cide Pre­ven­tion) at http://www.army.mil/usapa/epubs/pdf/p600_24.pdf .

The Army’s com­pre­hen­sive list of Sui­cide Pre­ven­tion Pro­gram infor­ma­tion is locat­ed at http://www.preventsuicide.army.mil .

Sui­cide pre­ven­tion train­ing resources for Army fam­i­lies can be accessed at http://www.armyg1.army.mil/hr/suicide/training_sub.asp?sub_cat=20 (requires Army Knowl­edge Online access to down­load mate­ri­als).

Infor­ma­tion about Mil­i­tary One­Source is locat­ed at http://www.militaryonesource.com or by dial­ing the toll-free num­ber 1–800-342‑9647 for those resid­ing in the con­ti­nen­tal Unit­ed States. Over­seas per­son­nel should refer to the Mil­i­tary One­Source web­site for dial­ing instruc­tions for their spe­cif­ic loca­tion.

Infor­ma­tion about the Army’s Com­pre­hen­sive Sol­dier Fit­ness Pro­gram is locat­ed at http://www.army.mil/csf/ .

The Defense Cen­ter for Excel­lence for Psy­cho­log­i­cal Health and Trau­mat­ic Brain Injury (DCoE) Out­reach Cen­ter can be con­tact­ed at 1–866-966‑1020, via elec­tron­ic mail at Resources@DCoEOutreach.org and at http://www.dcoe.health.mil .

The web­site for the Amer­i­can Foun­da­tion for Sui­cide Pre­ven­tion is http://www.afsp.org/, and the Sui­cide Pre­ven­tion Resource Coun­cil site is found at http://www.sprc.org/index.asp .

Source:
U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs)