The Army released suicide data today for the month of July 2013. During July, among active-duty soldiers, there were 19 potential suicides: One has been confirmed as a suicide and 18 remain under investigation. For June 2013, the Army reported 14 potential suicides among active-duty soldiers: six have been confirmed as suicides and eight are under investigation. For CY 2013, there have been 94 potential active-duty suicides: 46 have been confirmed as suicides and 48 remain under investigation. Updated active-duty suicide numbers for CY 2012: 185 (169 have been confirmed as suicides and 16 remain under investigation).
During July 2013, among reserve component soldiers who were not on active duty, there were eight potential suicides (six Army National Guard and two Army Reserve): None have been confirmed as suicides and eight remain under investigation. For June 2013, among that same group, the Army reported eight potential suicides; however, subsequent to the report, two more cases were added bringing June’s total to 10 (six Army National Guard and four Army Reserve): Four have been confirmed as suicides and six cases remain under investigation. For CY 2013, there have been 90 potential not on active duty suicides (58 Army National Guard and 32 Army Reserve): 57 have been confirmed as suicides and 33 remain under investigation. Updated not on active duty suicide numbers for CY 2012: 140 (93 Army National Guard and 47 Army Reserve): 138 have been confirmed as suicides and two remain under investigation.
Soldiers and families in need of crisis assistance can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Trained consultants are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year and can be contacted by dialing 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or by visiting their website at www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
The Military Crisis Line offers free and confidential support to service members in crisis or anyone who knows a service member who is. The service is staffed by caring, qualified responders from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), many who have served in the military themselves. Support is offered through the crisis line, online chat, and text-messaging services for all service members (active, National Guard and reserve) and veterans 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year by visiting the Military Crisis Line website at http://www.militarycrisisline.net; Online Chat at: http://www.veteranscrisisline.net/ChatTermsOfService.aspx; sending a text to: 838255 or calling toll free at: 1-800-273-8255, Press 1; in Europe Dial: 00800 1273 8255 or DSN 118. Services are available even if members are not registered with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or enrolled in VA health care.
The Army’s comprehensive list of Suicide Prevention Program information is located at http://www.preventsuicide.army.mil.
Information about the Army’s Ready and Resilient campaign is located at http://www.army.mil/readyandresilient
Army leaders can access current health promotion guidance in the revised Army Regulation 600-63 (Health Promotion) at: http://www.army.mil/usapa/epubs/pdf/r600_63.pdf and in Army Pamphlet 600-24 (Health Promotion, Risk Reduction and Suicide Prevention) at http://www.army.mil/usapa/epubs/pdf/p600_24.pdf.
Suicide prevention training resources for soldiers, leaders, Department of the Army civilians, and family members can be accessed at http://www.armyg1.army.mil/hr/suicide/training_sub.asp?sub_cat=20 (requires Army Knowledge Online access to download materials).
Information about Military OneSource is located at www.militaryonesource.com or by dialing the toll-free number 1-800-342-9647 for those residing in the continental U.S. Overseas personnel should refer to the Military OneSource web site for dialing instructions for their specific location.
Information about the Army’s Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness Program (CSF2) is located at http://csf2.army.mil/.
The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) Outreach Center can be contacted at 1-866-966-1020, via electronic mail at Resources@DCoEOutreach.org and at www.dcoe.health.mil.