Army: Suicide Remains ‘Significant’ Challenge

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Army: Suicide Remains ‘Significant’ Challenge

Senior Army leaders reaffirmed their commitment to eliminating suicide in the ranks after the DoD annual suicide report for 2020 showed an increase in soldier deaths.

“Suicide remains a significant challenge for our Army,” Army Secretary Christine Wormuth and Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville said in a joint statement.

The DoD report for calendar year 2020 showed an upward trend in the number of suicides annually over the past five years, the statement said.

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.