Helis: Army Must Do More to Combat Soldier Suicide

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Helis: Army Must Do More to Combat Soldier Suicide

The Army can do more to help prevent suicides among soldiers, according to a senior leader, who said the service is about to begin a “deep dive” into the cause of suicides over the past two years among young active-duty soldiers.

AUSA Webinar to Focus on Suicide Prevention Efforts

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AUSA Webinar to Focus on Suicide Prevention Efforts

The Association of the U.S. Army is hosting a webinar on suicide prevention and awareness efforts in the Army.

The event, part of the Thought Leaders series, will feature James Helis, director of the Army Resilience Directorate. It begins at 2 p.m. Eastern on Sept. 21.

Attendance is free, but registration is required here.

SMA: Taking Care of People Boosts Army Readiness

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SMA: Taking Care of People Boosts Army Readiness

Army efforts to take care of people are critical to maintaining readiness, the service’s senior enlisted leader said.

“We need to look at our people as readiness and then we build up from there,” Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Grinston said.

Speaking Aug. 31 at the Fires Conference 2021, a three-day virtual event hosted by the Fires Center of Excellence at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Grinston emphasized the importance of the Army’s People First focus.

Good Communication Helped Soldiers Navigate Pandemic

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Good Communication Helped Soldiers Navigate Pandemic

Soldiers whose commanders communicated well during the pandemic were less likely to experience anxiety or loneliness, and more likely to practice good habits to prevent the spread of COVID-19, according to a new survey.

“[COVID-19] really just reaffirmed what we already knew—that commanders who communicate effectively reduce stress within their organizations,” Lt. Col. Sam Preston, chief of the behavioral health division in the Office of the Surgeon General and psychiatry consultant to the Army surgeon general, said May 6 during an interview.

Study: Leadership Impacts COVID-19 Prevention Efforts

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Study: Leadership Impacts COVID-19 Prevention Efforts

Leadership behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic “stands to benefit” soldiers of all ranks, according to Army research.

In a survey conducted in May by the Behavioral Health Advisory Team, more than 20,000 active-duty soldiers were asked about the pandemic’s impact on a variety of areas, including leadership response and public health and information gaps.

Soldier Sleep Deprivation Could Have Lasting Effects

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Soldier Sleep Deprivation Could Have Lasting Effects

A new Army-funded study suggests that people who rely on sleeping during daytime hours are at greater risk for developing neurological disorders.

Researched by the University of Rochester Medical Center and funded by the Army Research Office, an element of the Army Research Laboratory, the study focused on the effects of sleep deprivation on soldiers on the battlefield.