1.45 Army reports record number of suicides for June, USA Today, July 2010
Soldiers killed themselves at the rate of one per day in June, making it the worst month on record for Army suicides, the service said Thursday.
There were 32 confirmed or suspected suicides among soldiers in June, including 21 among active-duty troops and 11 among National Guard or Reserve forces, according to Army statistics.
The increase was a setback for the service, which has been pushing troops to seek counseling. Through May of this year, the Army had seen a decline in suicides among active-duty soldiers this year compared with the same period in 2009.
Philbrick expressed frustration over the June deaths. “Because we believe that the programs, policies, procedures … are having a positive impact across the entire force. The help is there.”
A leading military suicide researcher says changing a culture that views psychological illness as a weakness takes time.
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