Tag Archives: suicide

Families and Suicide

By Kirsten Woodward, BUMED Family Programs Division Head and Director – Project FOCUS Why? It is the universal question asked by anyone affected by suicide. Suicide can be as mysterious and unpredictable as any hidden illness that goes undetected.  Your family member maybe “acting just fine” one day and the next has taken their own life.  There may be outward signs …

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Message from Secretary Hagel on Suicide Prevention Month

By Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Department of Defense   The Department of Defense has no more important responsibility than supporting and protecting those who defend our country and that means we must do everything possible to prevent military suicide. As we observe Suicide Prevention Month, the entire DoD community – service members, civilians, members of our families and leaders at …

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Hidden in Plain Sight … A Perspective on Suicide

By U.S. Public Health Service Cmdr. Sarah Arnold, DCoE program manager for performance enhancement Cmdr. Sarah Arnold is a physician trained in family medicine and preventive medicine. She served in the Navy for 14 years and completed two tours in Iraq. Five years ago, she lost her friend to suicide and was compelled to write about it, in part because …

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The Importance of Suicide Prevention

By Master Chief Hospital Corpsman Laura Martinez, Force Master Chief and director, U.S. Navy Hospital Corps, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) Across all services September is recognized as Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month. While suicide numbers in the military tend to be lower than their civilian counterparts, suicides within all branches have increased. This disconcerting trend has prompted leaders …

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