Rise in Suicides Baffles Military


The New York Times reports that the “baffling” rise in suicide rates in the U.S. military is not correlated to deployment, as is often assumed. “Perhaps the biggest challenge facing the Pentagon is simply getting suicidal service members into treatment,” the article states, adding that “despite campaigns to reduce stigma, many service members continue to believe that treatment will be ineffective or hurt their careers.” However, nearly every example given in the article mentions that the person was taking antidepressants – evidence that the person was “not in a good place.”

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Of further interest:
Military and Press “Baffled” by Suicide Facts a 12-year-old Could Discern (OpEd News)

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].