Thursday, September 13, 2012

Suicide Prevention Month - Military

Troops Should Be Comfortable Seeking Help, Leaders Say
RENO, Nev., Sept. 12, 2012 – Service members facing behavioral health challenges should feel comfortable asking for help, Defense Department leaders said here this week.

Speaking during Suicide Prevention Month, senior leaders attending the 134th National Guard Association of the United States General Conference urged a continued emphasis on a culture in which it is OK to seek help.

During a Sept. 10 question-and-answer session, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno characterized suicide among service members as one aspect of a range of health-of-the-force issues.

"The most important thing is about creating an environment, a culture, where people feel comfortable, [and] can come forward and get the help that they need," Odierno said. read more>>>

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