by William Van Ornum, Ph.D. on
Headlines everywhere proclaim sad news:
*In 2009 alone more than 330 active servicemen and women have committed suicide
*Shocking new figures show the number of soldiers who commit suicide in January could top the number of soldiers killed in Iraq
*Tough old soldier battles new enemy: suicide
*Every day, five US soldiers try to kill themselves. Before the Iraq war began, that figure was less thyan one suicide a day
*Treatment doesn’t help
There is speculation and there are theories. Suicides may be related to the pace and the frequency of the war. There is a need for more psychiatrists and psychologists. Many suicides are related to failed relationships. Post traumatic stress disorder is linked with failures of intimate relationships. Suicide prevention programs are sorely needed. Help soldiers recognize signs of suicide in others. Not all wounds are visible. Soldiers who go into treatment and talk about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder will decrease treatment stigma.
One very promising sign is that the world famous Beck Institute has created a Soldier Suicide Program. Aaron Beck is considered one of the founders of cognitive therapy. Here is the link to learn more about the programs for soldiers available through the Beck Institute.