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Army Suicide Prevention

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Uploaded on Feb 17, 2009

The military, especially the Army, has taken a hit lately on the increase in suicides. While being attributed to the war, to assume such would be a naive and ignorant statement. The fact is that suicides in the military are as varied in reason as there are troops who commit them. The fact is that more than half of suicide victims have never deployed.

The Army is a stressful profession. By lowering our standards of enlistment, we have allowed people into the military that just shouldn't be here. By lowering our standards at basic training, civilians are not being challenged or stressed enough to be able to handle the rigors of Soldier life or combat. Our motherly approach to training is a contributor.

We also can't forget about the economy. When the economy goes bad, our Soldiers suffer. While we probably have no worries when it comes to losing our job, we still feel the effects of higher prices perhaps more than most people. The divorce also plays a part.

The truth is that there are many factors to why suicides in the Army are rising, but it's important to note that they are rising in the civilian sector as well. Unlike the civilian sector, Soldiers have access to programs and help the civilian sector can only HOPE to enjoy. Soldiers receive numerous briefings on suicide prevention and how to recognize the signs in our fellow troops.

The Army has produced this video as an additional aid to deal with this problem. I would urge anyone considering suicide to get help. Reconsider. Life is never so bad that you have to resort to taking your life. As a matter of fact, your death will only makes things worse for others. Talk to someone and let them help you work through your problems. Your pain in temporary. This difficult period in your life will go away. You do not have to go through it alone!

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