After Years of Delays, Army Releases New Suicide Prevention Plan Short on Answers

Paratroopers across the 82nd Airborne Division execute the 12 mile road march

Three soldiers at Fort Cavazos, Texas, died by suicide in the past two weeks. But those deaths aren’t unique to the installation formerly known as Fort Hood. At least two soldiers have died by suicide every week this year on average in the part-time components and on active duty at bases across the service, according […]

After 3 Years of Delays, Army Has Again Paused Rewriting Suicide Prevention Policies

U.S. Army Col. Mitchell Wisniewski III, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (N.J.) deputy commander and Army Support Activity commander, signs the Suicide Prevention month declaration inside the dining hall of Tommy B’s lounge on the base.

Despite a website with vague guidance, PowerPoint presentations and at least five separate policies referencing behavioral health, the Army offers relatively few clear resources for how units are supposed to respond to soldiers who are at risk of suicide. The service has been promising to rewrite its suicide prevention policy for three years, but the […]