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Military Suicides

Mefloquine: The Military's Suicide Pill

Dr. Remington Nevin | Posted 11.25.2013 | Impact
Dr. Remington Nevin

We owe it this generation of veterans to recognize the neurological and psychiatric effects of mefloquine neurotoxicity alongside PTSD and TBI for what they are: the third signature injury of modern war.

Veteran Suicide Prevention: Getting To Treatment That Works

Lisa Firestone | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
Lisa Firestone

Addressing the "underlying disorders" alone won't necessarily work to prevent people from dying by suicide.

A Solution To A Growing Military Suicide Problem

Brian E. Kinsella | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
Brian E. Kinsella

A critical component in reducing military suicides lies in understanding the second derivative of the problem: the underlying reason for the suicidal thought. When someone reaches out to us for help, we not only connect that client to a mental healthcare provider, but we ask pointed questions to try and identify the catalyst or trigger for that suicidal ideation.

Think Service, Not Suicide

Kaj Larsen | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Kaj Larsen

As the sun sets on the longest wars in American history, it is shocking -- but not surprising -- that veteran suicides persist.

Helping America's Invisible Heroes

Lucas Myers | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Lucas Myers

We often think that when a combat veteran's service ends and they return home their sacrafice for their country has been made, but for many the struggle to adjust to life after combat can continue for years.

The Front Lines of Suicide Prevention

Jerry Evans | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Jerry Evans

Not only can we help Veterans take that first step to getting support, we provide an important resource for those already in care at times when the crisis is immediate. It's up to us to persuade callers not to give up, to show them that there's a light at the end of the tunnel.

Suicide And The Military

Steven Barrett | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Steven Barrett

Suicide is a very preventable tragedy, and we must look at how to control depression; to control suicidal behavior. People who are depressed, have very low self-esteem. I hear a lot of veterans talk about their lack of self-esteem.

Men, Mental Illness and Suicide

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Robert David Jaffee

Part of the problem is that men, even relatively successful ones like my grandfather, who ran a cafeteria, and one of my cousins, who was a well-to-do doctor and businessman, often have a problem with openly discussing their depression and other mental illnesses, to say nothing of suicidal feelings.

Does Faith Make A Difference?

Chaplain Mark R. Johnston | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Chaplain Mark R. Johnston

Many who have deployed into combat and have witnessed first-hand the violence and killing that characterizes war often return home with the uncomfortable realization that the value structure they once maintained, and perhaps called "normal," does not necessarily fit any longer.

Returning Home Through The Eyes of Our Troops And Their Families

Dr. Bridget Cantrell | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Dr. Bridget Cantrell

Warriors are hard driving, well trained and self-reliant. But in the battles they fight in "the silent chambers of their soul" they may feel defeated, demoralized, hopeless and alone, all the while enduring this with a great deal of shame and the fear of being found out.

Surviving Suicide: A Second Chance at Life

Sgt. Allen | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Sgt. Allen

Perhaps someone that is thinking about ending their life will happen on this and realize that they are not alone. I may not have initials after my name, but what I do have are scars that remind me there is a better way.

Healing The Hidden Wounds of War: Treating The Combat Veteran With PTSD at Risk For Suicide

Herbert Hendin | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Herbert Hendin

Veterans with severe guilt over their combat experiences are likely to have punitive nightmares and are at highest risk for suicide. Understanding the subjective, perceptive experience of combat to the veteran is a crucial step to success in treating these veterans.

Turning Loss Into Love: Dedicating My Life to Preventing Veteran Suicide

Kellie LaFave | Posted 11.17.2013 | Impact
Kellie LaFave

My business card says Suicide Prevention Coordinator, but I consider myself a life preservationist. I connect people with the right benefits, a mental health counselor -- or I simply listen.

Sometimes It Takes a Veteran to Understand

Darren Manzella | Posted 11.16.2013 | Impact
Darren Manzella

Suicide is a problem whether you want to talk about it or not, so if you're worried about someone, ask. You can't prevent suicide by ignoring it.

The Real Sacrifice

Ernie D’Leon | Posted 11.16.2013 | Impact
Ernie D’Leon

These "anything goes, its war" justifications begin to haunt us, though they shouldn't, because in the heat of battle anything does go. But, it bothers us, even though we're warriors, we're also human.

Veterans, Suicide Prevention + Our Nation's Call of Duty

Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA | Posted 11.13.2013 | Impact
Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA

How do we prevent these suicides? With more of our courageous warriors dying by their own hand than on the battlefield, it's obvious that our current approach isn't working.

Some Thoughts on Suicide Prevention

Shad Meshad | Posted 11.12.2013 | Impact
Shad Meshad

We've asked these men and women not only to put themselves in harm's way, but to open their most private, vulnerable selves to actions and images that scar. No wonder the transition back is so difficult for many of them. Try to imagine the disconnect.

We All Have a Role to Play: Preventing Suicide Among Our Returning Veterans

David Litts | Posted 11.11.2013 | Impact
David Litts

Why are so many service members and veterans struggling with the invisible wounds of war or from service-related stresses? There are many reasons, to be sure, but here are some we should keep in mind.

Out Of The Darkness

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Clifford Bauman | Posted 11.11.2013 | Impact
Chief Warrant Officer 4 Clifford Bauman

Tucking the box in the closet, as if the memories would remain trapped inside, I spoke about the events to no one. At that time, I had no idea I was on a path to self-destruction or how much my life will have changed over the coming year.

Mission: Leap of Faith

Dr. Maryrose Gerardi | Posted 11.10.2013 | Impact
Dr. Maryrose Gerardi

His brother has also told him that he's not the same guy he was before his deployments, and has expressed concern about how much alcohol he drinks. He is embarrassed about the low-wage job he has had to take, yet also fears losing it, because he knows his style and reactions make people uncomfortable.

Suicide Data Only Tells Half The Story

Jason Hansman | Posted 11.09.2013 | Impact
Jason Hansman

Better screening for and treatment of mental health disorders can help ensure that those who are facing these issues are getting the treatment they need.

WATCH: Michelle Obama Speaks Out About Vets Struggling With Suicide

Posted 09.09.2013 | Impact

In an exclusive video for The Huffington Post's "Invisible Casualties" series, first lady Michelle Obama joins Dr. Jill Biden to urge military service...

David Wood

'I Don't Need Fixing, I Just Need You To Listen' | David Wood | Posted 09.09.2013 | Impact

This article is part of a special Huffington Post series, "Invisible Casualties," in which we shine a spotlight on suicide-prevention efforts within t...

Coming Home from War Is Hell: Preventing Veteran Suicides

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 11.06.2013 | Impact
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

It is a responsibility of our whole society, especially of communities where veterans live and work. Yet, as many veterans attest, their struggle to come home after war is aggravated by civilians because we are largely clueless about what is truly required to bring people all the way home.

A Suicide Prevention Solution Hiding in Plain Sight

John Henry Parker | Posted 11.05.2013 | Impact
John Henry Parker

The entire military and VA heath systems are operating with a major disconnect for Veterans and their families.