According to Mike Mullen, chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, military suicide is an emergency issue among both deployed and returning military service members. A recent survey showed that the risk of developing PTSD and depression increases dramatically with repeated deployments.
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Concerns Over Military Suicide

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According to Mike Mullen, chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, military suicide is an emergency issue among both deployed and returning military service members.

SUICIDES LINKED TO PROLONGED COMBAT MISSIONS

Through research and increased documentation, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and military suicides have been linked to a decade-long war and the fact that troops are repeatedly sent to the front lines to face high-stress combat situations.

According to a 2007 Army-conducted survey, the risk of developing PTSD and depression increases dramatically with repeated deployments. Of the 2 million troops deployed since 2002, an estimated two-thirds suffer from PTSD, plus the many soldiers who may remain undiagnosed.

PTSD AND REINTEGRATION TO CIVILIAN LIFE

Another possible link to military suicide is the emotional stress of returning to civilian life after serving on the front lines. Reintegration is a serious military issue, as many soldiers return to displaced homes, lost jobs, and changed families.

As more troops return home, military services must better prepare soldiers for the many challenges associated with service member reintegration into civilian life. Historically, the US military health care system has been severely lacking in comprehensive treatment for mental health among military service members. That trend has shifted.

MILITARY HEALTHCARE TO SUPPORT SOLDIERS MENTAL HEALTH

The Pentagon has turned its focus towards military mental health care for soldiers more aggressively. A three-year, $50 million collaborative research project underway by the Army and the National Institutes of Mental Health will make dozens of recommendations on changes to the military's mental health care system, after careful and comprehensive review and documentation of case studies.

Ongoing military mental health treatments are being explored and applied, ranging from anti-depressant pharmaceuticals to acupressure tapping. Military mental healthcare services continually expand, and education for servicemembers and military families who need to be able to recognize mental health symptoms in themselves and their loved ones, are more readily available.



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