Suicide Prevention in the Army National Guard: Modeling Effective Strategies
Civilian research project
OLD DOMINION UNIV SUFFOLK VA VIRGINIA MODELING ANALYSIS AND SIMULATION CENTER
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A plethora of the suicide prevention programs in the Army National Guard mirror those of the active Army and yet, the military service obligations of traditional Army National Guard Soldiers stress them in ways unlike their active duty counterparts. Compounding this problem are looming budget cuts through 2020 that will no doubt compel the Army National Guard to shift resources from health and welfare programs to other readiness priorities. States are now faced with the formidable task of reducing an alarming suicide rate with dwindling resources. However, a few states have indeed developed suicide prevention programs that target the unique stressors of traditional ARNG service members and are remarkably cost-effective to sustain and their models merit attention. This paper will scope the problem of suicides in the Army National Guard, illustrate the efforts of states that have developed effective programs, and recommend suicide prevention programs for implementation across the Army National Guard.
- Military Forces and Organizations