Army Health Promotion, Risk Reduction, Suicide Prevention Report [2010]   [open pdf - 10MB]

"This report reflects a year's worth of work at the direction of the Army's Senior Leadership to provide a 'directed telescope' on the alarming rate of suicides in the Army. It represents both initial findings of the Army Suicide Prevention Task Force and informs the future of Suicide Prevention within the Army. Suicide is a devastating event. What was once considered a private affair or family matter now threatens our Army's readiness. Equally alarming to the rising rate of suicide in the Army is an increasing number of Soldiers who engage in high risk behavior. Equivocal deaths, deaths by drug toxicity, accidental deaths, attempted suicides, and drug overdoses are reducing the ranks and negatively effecting [sic] the Army's ability to engage in contingency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. These deaths further strain efforts to sustain institutional operations. [...] This report's comprehensive review exposes gaps in how we see, identify, engage and mitigate high risk Soldiers. These gaps exist in our systems and processes due in part to Army Transformation and nearly a decade of war. Policy, process, structure and programs have not kept pace with the expanding needs of our strained Army. This, in turn, has led to an increasing population of high risk Soldiers whose transmittable behavior can erode Army values and unit readiness."

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