Army releases February suicide data
March 11, 2010
WASHINGTON (Army News Service, March 11, 2010) -- The Army released suicide data, March 11, for the month of February. Among active-duty Soldiers were one confirmed suicide, and 13 suspected suicides which remain under investigation.
Among reserve component Soldiers not on active duty, were five potential suicides -- all remain under investigation.
Col. Chris Philbrick, director, Army Suicide Prevention Task Force, said the Army continues to sharpen its focus on suicide prevention, and is now conducting a comprehensive review of existing programs Army-wide that are related to health promotion, risk reduction and suicide prevention.
"We will use the results of this review to increase the effectiveness of our efforts," Philbrick. "Because suicide affects every member of our Army family and no one is immune to depression, anxiety and stress -- we are also expanding our training resources and support programs to address these issues with our Department of the Army civilians and family members."
In January, the Army reported 12 potential suicides among active duty Soldiers -- two have been confirmed as suicides. The reserve component experienced 15 potential suicides -- seven were confirmed.
A comprehensive list of Suicide Prevention Program information is located at <a href="http://www.armyg1.army.mil/hr/suicide" target=Aca,!A?_blank"> http://www.armyg1.army.mil/hr/suicide</a>. Soldiers or families in crisis can also contact Military OneSource or the Defense Center of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Outreach Center. Trained consultants are available from both organizations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.
The Military OneSource toll-free number for those residing in the continental U.S. is 1-800-342-9647; their Web site address is <a href="http://www.militaryonesource.com" target=Aca,!A?_blank">http://www.militaryonesource.com</a>. Overseas personnel should refer to the Military OneSource Web site for dialing instructions for their specific location.
The DCoE Outreach Center can be contacted at 1-866-966-1020, via electronic mail at Resources@DCoEOutreach.org and at www.dcoe.health.mil.