US Army Public Health Command (Provisional) Aberdeen Proving Ground-Edgewood United States
Suicide rates are increasing in the Army. Suicide prevention programs have been implemented in the Army and other military organizations however, it is not known how many programs are evidence-based or have been systematically evaluated for effectiveness. The purpose of this report is to provide an overview of current literature for evidence-based suicide prevention programs in military populations. The literature search identified only a few suicide prevention programs tailored to the specific needs of the military population. Recommendations include a more rigorous approach to the implementation of suicide prevention programs to identify successful interventions that could be utilized, augmented or combined and evaluated for utility. More specifically, such programs could benefit from including a systematic and integrated evaluation plan as part of the initial program design.