Suicide count lowers in almost all branches of military - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Suicide count lowers in almost all branches of military

(NBC) - A recent study has shown that suicides are down with every branch of service except for the Air Force.

A disturbing trend was discovered as members of the Army National guard and Reserve were double last year compared to 2009. The Army has aimed at lowering the number of suicides by implementing mental health programs.

Military leaders say there are a combination of stress factors, and not just the pressures of military service, contributing to suicides, including relationship problems or substance abuse problems.

For Reserve and National Guard members, outreach with the community and other military families are the primary focus to help remove the stigma of seeking help.

The Army planned to expand its mental health programs in the next few years to get soldiers and families the help they need to cope on and off the battlefield.

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