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    Army Report Shows Increase in Suicides by Active-Duty Soldiers in 2023

    Army Report Shows Increase in Suicides by Active-Duty Soldiers in 2023

    As senior leaders work to reduce the stigma of seeking mental health care, the active-duty had one of its worst quarters for suicide in six years.

    Between January and March, the Army saw suicides in its active component increase from 37 in the same time frame last year to 49, according to Pentagon data released Friday. Meanwhile, the part-time components saw a slight reduction. The Army National Guard has had 18 suicides this calendar year so far, compared to 22 this time last year, and the Reserve had eight soldiers die by suicide, down from 10 in the same quarter last year.

    The first quarter of 2023 was the third worst for Army suicides since 2017. The numbers are only a snapshot, but they paint a concerning picture for the active-duty Army as commanders await service-wide policies on suicide prevention that were originally supposed to be released in 2021. The service has also struggled to get mental health resources to bases, partly due to being unable to compete against the private sector for salaries as the U.S. faces a nationwide shortage of mental health care workers.

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    Right now, there is little service-wide guidance on how leaders are expected to intervene or detect whether a soldier in their formation faces suicidal ideation or made an attempt on their own life. The Army's online resources center on a…

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