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Why Soldiers Keep Losing to Suicide

One thing he noticed: Ritchie studied the past 10 years of suicides in the Army, and found that bases that suffered the most suicides tended to be those where units were deploying rapidly, she said.

Most military suicides involve guns, either service weapons or personal firearms. We are committed to taking care of our people, and that includes doing everything possible to prevent suicides in the military. In the meantime, it has increased the number of behavioral health care providers by 35 percent over the past three years, both in primary care settings and embedded in units deployed to the front lines.

The military has also expanded its crisis hotline to Europe, and plans to open one in Japan soon. The number is 1-800-273-8255.

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The military has unfurled a host of suicide prevention programs and initiatives. Never Leave a Marine Behind. Chiarelli, for example, had been a strong advocate for combating the stigma before he retired earlier this year. He is now the chief executive of One Mind for Researcha nonprofit group dedicated to curing brain disorders. But in May, a blunt blog post by Maj.

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Be an adult, act like an adult, and deal with your real-life problems like the rest of us. But the day he pounded out that blog post, he had just returned from a memorial service for a soldier who had killed himself in front of his six-year-old daughters.

Charles Parsons, who was known to his family as Adam, was a smart young man who enlisted in the Navy right after graduating from high school, in 1998, at age 19, Pickerel said. He served on the U. Then life became more difficult.

His younger brother, a Navy security officer, was deployed to Iraq. Parsons, who was never deployed, was moved to a different job as an electronics technician on Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia — a move he considered a demotion.

A week before his death, Parsons reported to work unshaven and unkempt. He was ordered to report the next day to the captain in his dress uniform for a reprimand.

The next day, Parsons reported for duty as scheduled. He went home a few hours later to change into his dress blues. He said goodbye to his wife and left the house.

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