MILITARY: Two Marine Suicides Reported in September
by Mark Walker
North County Times, Oct. 3, 2012
Two active-duty Marines took their own lives in September, the lowest monthly figure for the year since March.
The Marine Corps’ suicide prevention program office said in its monthly statistical report that another 11 of its troops attempted suicide, the fewest of any month in 2012.
So far this year, 41 Marines have committed suicide, surpassing the 32 recorded last year and 37 in 2010.
The Marine Corps recorded 52 suicides in 2009, the highest annual figure it has experienced.
Two female Marines are among this year’s suicides, according to the service’s demographic profile that accompanies its monthly report.
Nineteen of the suicides this year have been among married Marines.
Thirty-two of the 41 self-inflicted deaths were troops between the ages of 17 and 25.
Military officials say post-traumatic stress, substance abuse and family and relationship problems are the primary factors behind troop suicides.
Among its several initiatives to reduce self-inflicted deaths in its ranks, the Marine Corps is conducting a “forensic” study of recent suicides to see what those troops were doing in the days leading up to their deaths.
Officials say that information can help them identify troops at risk and get them help.
The Marine Corps operates a prevention hotline and website that can be reached at 877-476-7734 or http://www.dstressline.com.
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