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Military Suicide Prevention

Is Financial Stress Killing Our Soldiers?

BJ Gallagher | Posted 07.18.2014 | Money
BJ Gallagher

Money plays a role in the alarming rate of suicide in today's armed services. I sat down with Financial Planning magazine to find out more about how financial counseling might just save the lives of our soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen.

Military Suicides Drop Significantly

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — Suicides across the military have dropped by more than 22 percent this year, defense officials said, amid an array o...

Molly O'Toole

Veteran Spared When Sheet Noose Ripped: 'I'm Glad It Didn't Work'

HuffingtonPost.com | Molly O'Toole | Posted 09.30.2013 | Impact

On the last day Joey Smith walked, he confronted a few Afghan workers on his base in Afghanistan, confiscating a camera. When he turned his back, they...

Molly O'Toole

An Army Captain's Recurring Nightmare From Afghanistan

HuffingtonPost.com | Molly O'Toole | Posted 09.27.2013 | Impact

"I'm gagged, I'm tied up, I can't speak. I'm in some sort of cave cell. And I see a girl in another corner of the cell, like a 7-year-old girl, and I ...

David Wood

Tragedy of Military Suicides Will 'Go On For Many Years,' Army Chief Warns

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 09.25.2013 | Impact

A tragic milestone was reached last year, when 185 active-duty Army soldiers died by suicide, surpassing the 176 soldiers killed in battle in Afghanis...

David Wood

Military Suicide Leaves Survivors Struggling With Shame, Guilt, Social Stigma

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 09.23.2013 | Impact

The first thing that Shanette Booker had to do, when she awoke one dawn to find that her husband, Army Staff Sgt. Andre Booker, had shot himself to de...

Molly O'Toole

When Your Job In War Is To Save Soldiers' Lives, You Never Really Come Home

HuffingtonPost.com | Molly O'Toole | Posted 09.22.2013 | Impact

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

David Wood

'I Am A Suicide Survivor ... And I Am Not Embarrassed By It'

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 09.23.2013 | 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...

David Wood

A Desperate Last Act Haunted By Missed Opportunities

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 10.25.2013 | Impact

On the early evening of March 15, 2011, in the bedroom of a two-story red brick townhouse in Virginia Beach, Va., Navy Petty Officer Joshua Lipstein p...

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.

'My Grandmother Took Her Life At 61... In Less Than 2 Years I Will Be Her Age'

Diana M. Raab | Posted 11.14.2013 | Fifty
Diana M. Raab

When I was 10 years old my grandmother committed suicide in her room next to mine. It was Labor Day weekend and my parents were at work. I knocked on her door and there was no answer. With a child's intuition I sensed that something was wrong so I phoned my parents at work.

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.

David Wood

'I Don't Need Fixing, I Just Need You To Listen'

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

David Wood

After Suicide Attempt, A Military Vet Takes On A New Mission

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

It's Okay To Change: Mental Health Stigma, Mental Health Care and Suicide Prevention Among Military Personnel and Veterans

Dr.Craig J. Bryan | Posted 11.02.2013 | Impact
Dr.Craig J. Bryan

The good news is that we have very effective treatments for the full range of psychological injuries that lead to suicide. The bad news is that very few service members or veterans will receive them.

The Mission Rolls On...

K. Lorrel Manning and Michael Cuomo | Posted 08.21.2013 | Arts
K. Lorrel Manning and Michael Cuomo

Happy New Year takes a bold look at the ugly issue of veteran suicide that is affecting so many of our warriors today. When we began this project, the statistic for veteran suicides was 18 per day. As of February of this year, the number has risen to 22 per day. We can no longer ignore it.

The Message About Suicide and the Military

David Litts | Posted 04.06.2013 | Impact
David Litts

According to Pentagon figures, 349 military service members took their lives in 2012. Every one of these deaths exacts an incalculable toll -- from the victim's families, from their military units, and from our society.

Sometimes the Hardest Part of Going to War Is Coming Home

Bryan Wood | Posted 03.31.2013 | Impact
Bryan Wood

How many combat veterans are suffering and just waiting for someone to ask them if they are hurting? As a nation, let's start asking.

A Word, a Number... Then What?

Catherine Clinch | Posted 03.24.2013 | Media
Catherine Clinch

Clearly, there is a gap in the mental health care that we are providing for those who serve in the military. Why has media the remained silent on this topic, rather than exposing the underlying root causes of this wide scale tragedy?

Grieving Mom: Military Suicides 'Out Of Control'

militarytimes.com | Posted 11.27.2012 | Impact

CALLAWAY, Fla. — Libby Busbee pounded on the window of her son’s maroon Dodge Charger as he sat in the driveway of their home earlier this year. L...

Stopping the Surge of Military Suicides: How to Win This Preventable War

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted 08.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

This week's release of a National Strategy for Suicide Prevention is an important step forward, but we must now invest the resources, develop innovative partnerships, and take the actions necessary across all sectors of society to prevent this silent wound of war and tragic loss of life among America's service men and women.

Rep. Judy Chu Shares Her Family's Tragic Suicide Story

AP | By DONNA CASSATA | Posted 11.09.2011 | Los Angeles

WASHINGTON -- The disturbing number of suicides in the military now has a face It's Lance Cpl. Harry Lew, a high-spirited Marine who shot and killed ...

Amanda Terkel

Dem Rep. Hopes Senate Won't Block His Military Suicide Prevention Act For The Third Time

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the National Guard and Army Reserve grapple with an increasing number of suicides amongst members, Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.) reintroduc...

Pentagon Joins Suicide Prevention Coalition

AP | PAULINE JELINEK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Struggling with sharp increases in suicides among U.S. military forces, the Pentagon is joining a new national effort to reduce the...