Army Reports 25 Suicides in Aug; Top Enlisted Leader Hosts PR Event, Says Prevention “Starting to See Some Traction”

The Army said it lost another 25 soldiers to suicide in August. The Sept. 27, 2012 report means 212 soldiers killed themselves so far this year according to published Army records and will likely eclipse 2009’s record of 305 Army suicides. Meanwhile, the Army’s top enlisted leader hosted hand-selected reporters and bloggers at a phone-in roundtable discussion to explain details on the Army’s worldwide mandatory “Suicide Stand Down” Sept. 27, 2012. Sgt Maj Raymond Chandler, the “Sergeant Major of the Army,” also reported positive progress in prevention programs, successes in stigma reduction, and a favorable forecast in his service’s future fight against suicide. Chandler mostly credited successes to the Army’s recently adopted Resiliency philosophy, the Army’s primary weapon being used against the post-9/11 suicide epidemic. Chandler told attendees at the Sept. 26, 2012, PR event that he is “starting to see some traction” in the Army’s suicide prevention efforts. However, published DoD statistics indicate the Army is on pace to lose more soldiers to suicide in 2012 than in any previous year in Army history. (DoD)

Army Releases August Suicide Data

Political News, Sept. 28, 2012

The Army released suicide data for the month of August.

During August, among active-duty soldiers, there were 16 potential suicides: three have been confirmed as suicides and 13 remain under investigation.

For July, the Army reported 26 potential suicides among active-duty soldiers: 13 have been confirmed as suicides and 13 remain under investigation.

For 2012, there have been 131 potential active-duty suicides: 80 have been confirmed as suicides and 51 remain under investigation.

Active-duty suicide number for 2011: 165 confirmed as suicides and no cases under investigation.

During August, among reserve component soldiers who were not on active duty, there were nine potential suicides (five Army National Guard and four Army Reserve): none have been confirmed as suicide and nine remain under investigation.

For July, among that same group, the Army reported 12 potential suicides (nine Army National Guard and three Army Reserve); four have been confirmed as suicides and eight remain under investigation.

For 2012, there have been 80 potential not on active-duty suicides (49 Army National Guard and 31 Army Reserve): 59 have been confirmed as suicides and 21 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.

“The loss of any life is a tragedy, and this loss is preventable,” said Sergeant Major of the Army Ray Chandler.

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