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    After 3 Years of Delays, Army Has Again Paused Rewriting Suicide Prevention Policies

    After 3 Years of Delays, Army Has Again Paused Rewriting Suicide Prevention Policies

    Despite a website with vague guidance, PowerPoint presentations and at least five separate policies referencing behavioral health, the offers relatively few clear resources for how units are supposed to respond to soldiers who are at risk of suicide.

    The service has been promising to rewrite its suicide prevention policy for three years, but the effort has been repeatedly delayed. The most recent holdup is due to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin's push for uniform prevention policies across the services, as recommended by an independent commission that finished work in February.

    The need for clear guidance has been highlighted by years of persistently high suicide rates and recent individual deaths. .com reported on the April suicide death of Spc. Austin Valley, who his parents said was largely left on his own at Riley, Kansas, without needed medical care following an earlier attempt overseas.

    Read Next: A Soldier Attempted Suicide in . Left to Roam at Fort Riley, He Killed Himself.

    For now, the forthcoming Pentagon policies recommended by its independent commission, which could affect all of the services, have stalled the Army's own internal moves on suicide prevention.

    “The Army continues to focus on taking care of our people and addressing the complex causes of suicide and other harmful behaviors. To do so, the Army is working with the Office of the Secretary of Defense to address recommendations…

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