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    In the Wake of High-Profile Suicides, the Army and Navy Are Trying to Adapt

    In the Wake of High-Profile Suicides, the Army and Navy Are Trying to Adapt

    Driven by high-profile incidents of suicide and suicide clusters, the Navy and say they are working hard to address the issue and save lives.

    But the picture that emerges as the services struggle with suicides is more mixed. It is an effort with successes in some areas but barely any progress in others.

    The Navy recently unveiled a “playbook” that explains services available to sailors, and it has pushed leaders to address suicide. However, the state and availability of those services seem to vary throughout the fleet.

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    Army senior leaders have long touted mental health as a key concern and lobbied for more behavioral health providers. But the service has paused a new Army-wide system to respond to suicide risk, and it hasn't established clear doctrine on how to care for at-risk soldiers or how to respond to suicide ideation and attempts.

    “Any report of one of our sailors committing suicide is completely heart-wrenching,” said Master Chief Jason Dunn, the most senior enlisted sailor at the Navy's Installations Command. “Even when we get to the point that we have one suicide in the entire Navy in one year, we need to continue to do better and we will.”

    The problem of suicide — at rates higher than the civilian population — has been plaguing the military for years. Military deaths increased 44% between 2015 and 2020 despite the…

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