Accession Number:

ADA537090

Title:

The War Within: Preventing Suicide in the U.S. Military

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA CENTER FOR MILITARY HEALTH POLICY RESEARCH

Report Date:

2011-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

230.0

Abstract:

Since late 2001, U.S. military forces have been engaged in conflicts around the globe most notably in Iraq and Afghanistan. These conflicts have exacted a substantial toll on soldiers, marines, sailors, and airmen, and this toll goes beyond the well-publicized casualty figures. It extends to the stress that repetitive deployments can have on the individual service member and his or her family. This stress can manifest itself in different ways increased divorce rates, spouse and child abuse, mental distress, substance abuse but one of the most troubling manifestations is suicides, which are increasing across the U.S. Department of Defense DoD. The increase in suicides among members of the military has raised concern among policymakers, military leaders, and the population at large.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE