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Soldier Suicides Still High Depite Army’s Prevention Program

The New York Times reports that "nearly 20 months after the Army began strengthening its suicide prevention program and working to remove the stigma attached to seeking psychological counseling, the suicide rate among active service members remains high and shows little sign of improvement. ... [Col. Chris Philbrick, deputy director of a special task force established to reduce suicides] said that more soldiers were seeking help for psychological problems than ever before - it was the leading reason for hospitalization in the military last year - but that the number needing help had also grown at a rapid pace, a natural consequence of nine years of combat deployments." The Times details a specific case (McKinley Jr., 10/10). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.