Fort Bragg Leaders Say Efforts Helping to Stop Suicides
by John Ramsey
Fayettville Observer, Sept. 20, 2012
Nine Fort Bragg soldiers have killed themselves this year. Another five deaths are suspected suicides. And in the first half of this year, 40 others attempted suicide. Across the Army, 139 troop deaths this year are likely suicides.
Despite numbers showing suicide as a growing problem, Fort Bragg leaders on Thursday said they see positive signs that their prevention efforts are working.
Col. Chad McRee, leader of Fort Bragg’s suicide prevention task force, said he has heard dozens of stories of interventions that helped at-risk soldiers.
But the task force doesn’t keep a tally of its success stories, McRee said, because collecting that data from all over the installation would be a nearly impossible task.
McRee, one of six Fort Bragg representatives who spoke to reporters Thursday, said suicide is a complex issue that has not been solved. The best predictor, they said, is relationship problems.
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