Military.com: Services Tackle Rising Suicide Rates
Originally published 6/23/10 at Military.com
While the Army is reporting a decline in suicides among active-duty Soldiers, suicides among reservists who have returned home and aren’t on active duty totaled 53 this year through mid-June, up 26 percent from the comparable period last year. Suicides among active-duty Army dropped 30 percent through mid-June from a year earlier, to 62.
Suicides overall increased by 26 percent from 2008 to 2009, while suicides among Marines have more than doubled since 2005.
The ability to properly diagnose mentally ill troops will require a more fundamental shift beyond mere medical practice, officials concluded.