Assignment: Mental health in the military
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A new study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association says the alarming increase in military suicides cannot be blamed on extended deployments or combat experience.
What's causing soldiers to kill themselves at a record rate -- there were 325 confirmed or potential suicides last year among active and non-active military personnel -- are the same mental health problems that can be found in the general population, according to the study authors: depression, manic depression and alcohol abuse. (See more here)
The study’s lead author notes that most military suicides happen among troops who have not seen combat.
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If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or thoughts of suicide, please seek help. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention offers online information if you or someone you know is contemplating suicide. For immediate assistance, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).