WASHINGTON (CN) – The toll on soldiers from self-inflicted death continued in December with 10 more potential suicides, bringing the final 2009 count to 160 active-duty suicides which is 20more than in 2008, the Army reported.
“There’s no question that 2009 was a painful year for the Army when it came to suicides,” Colonel Christopher Philbrick, deputy director of the Army Suicide Prevention Task Force said in a released statement.
One of December’s suicides has been confirmed and the others are still under investigation.
December also saw six potential suicides among soldiers not on active duty, bringing the final 2009 count to 78. In 2008, 57 non-active soldiers committed suicide.
“In 2010, the Army will continue to update and conduct suicide prevention training and improve procedures to ensure soldiers and families receive the support they need when undergoing key transitions, such as moving to another duty station or separating from the Army,” said Philbrick.
The Army’s comprehensive list of Suicide Prevention Program information is located at http://www.armyg1.army.mil/hr/suicide/default.asp.
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