6.28 Mental health changes urged in wake of jump in military suicides , PsychCentral , Feb. 18, 2011
A new RAND Corporation study, The War Within: Preventing Suicide in the U.S. Military, outlines a number of proposed changes meant to strengthen suicide prevention efforts in the military. The U.S. Department of Defense commissioned the study to evaluate information about military suicides, identify best practices for prevention strategies, and find ways to ensure that the prevention programs and policies developed by the different branches of the military reflect these best practices. The War Within makes a number of recommendations, including: implementing improved tracking of suicides and suicide attempts; improving efforts to identify those at risk for suicide; promoting self-care and help-seeking; facilitating access to care; and restricting access to lethal means for those at high risk for suicide.
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