Army Releases Suicide Report for May 2012

Army Releases Suicide Report for May

by Susy Raybon, June 27, 2012

In a news release made public a few days ago, the Army released suicide data for May 2012.

This report involves only Army statistics; suicides or potential suicides in other branches of the military were not contained in this release.

The Army lists 16 potential suicides for May with only four confirmed as suicides. The other 12 remain under investigation.

It’s interesting to note that the Army’s suicide report for the same time period last year was significantly higher with 21 potential suicides at the time.

One report out this year indicates that military-related suicides jumped 50 percent, with 154 service members dying by their own hand, in the first 155 days of 2012.

Of interest, after the monthly suicide report is published (by law) it becomes fairly hard to track the statistics on the “potentials”.

The follow-up trail, for those of us outside the military, frankly, gets confusing.

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