The Army released suicide data today for the month of September. During September, among active-duty soldiers, there were 15 potential suicides: one has been confirmed as suicide and 14 remain under investigation. For August, the Army reported 16 potential suicides among active-duty soldiers. Since the release of that report, one case was removed for a total of 15 cases: five have been confirmed as suicides and 10 remain under investigation. For 2012, there have been 146 potential active-duty suicides: 91 have been confirmed as suicides and 55 remain under investigation. Active-duty suicide number for 2011: 165 confirmed as suicides and no cases under investigation.
During September, among reserve component soldiers who were not
on active duty, there were 16 potential suicides (13 Army National Guard and
three Army Reserve): one has been confirmed as suicide and 15 remain under
investigation. For August, among that same group, the Army reported nine
potential suicides. Since the release of that report two cases were added for a
total of 11 cases (seven Army National Guard and four Army Reserve): five have
been confirmed as suicides and six remain under investigation.
For 2012, there have been 101 potential not on active-duty
suicides (67 Army National Guard and 34 Army Reserve): 67 have been confirmed
as suicides and 34 remain under investigation. Not on active-duty suicide
numbers for 2011: 118 (82 Army National Guard and 36 Army Reserve) confirmed as
suicides and no cases under investigation.
"Every suicide in our ranks is a tragic loss for the Army family,
adversely affecting the readiness of our Army," said Lt. Gen. Howard B.
Bromberg, deputy chief of staff for manpower and personnel. "I am asking
soldiers, family members, department of the Army civilians, neighbors, and
friends to look out for each other and reach out and embrace those who may be
struggling. Recognize the warning signs such as substance abuse, relationship
problems, and withdrawal from friends and activities and use available resources
to help yourself or others. Our actions can save lives."
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
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
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
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 .