DoD Task Force on Suicide 2010 Final Report and Public Panel Discussion in D.C.

This is a few years old, but contains a lot of information about how the military views the problem of suicide.

The Department of Defense Task Force on the Prevention of Suicide by Members of the Armed Forces released its final report and hosted a public panel discussion at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on Aug. 24, 2010.

Army MGen. Philip Volpe, co-chair, DoD Task Force on Suicide

Membership in the Task Force consisted of a total of 14 members with seven DoD and seven non-DoD experts, including at least one representative each from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps; and one family member with a background in working with military families.* Task Force Co-Chairs were Major General (Dr.) Philip Volpe, U.S. Army, and Ms. Bonnie Carroll, Founder and Executive Director of TAPS, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors.

The investigative process employed by the Task Force included a combination of focus groups, public hearings, literature reviews, top-level briefings, and personal visits by Task Force delegations to 19 military installation sites over the course of the year. The site visits were typically two days long and included Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps installations around the country. The delegations met and spoke with a variety of groups separately, including junior enlisted members (including recruits and trainees), NCOs, commissioned officers of varying ranks (including installation and unit leaders at all levels); behavioral health clinicians, emergency room clinicians, and primary care clinicians; installation support services personnel, first responders, and chaplains; and family members.

The final report of the Task Force includes a total of 49 major findings and 76 associated recommendations across four primary target areas, termed “Focus Areas ” which include: Organization and Leadership; Wellness Enhancement and Training; Access to, and Delivery of, Quality Care; Surveillance, Investigations and Research. (

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