Army admits suicide is a growing problem for soldiers - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/17/09

Army admits suicide is a growing problem for soldiers

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By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Just two weeks after the mass homicide at Ft. Hood, the U.S. Army said Tuesday, suicide continues to be a growing problem among both active duty forces and reservists. 

Officials believe that 211 soldiers have taken their own lives so far this year, including 71 suspected suicides in the Army Reserve and National Guard.  That's 211 dead, with about six weeks left of this year which includes the holiday season, often the most difficult time for those away from families. 

The Army admits combat stress is increasing in Afghanistan, with repeated deployments becoming more common, and the time back home being reduced.  They say perhaps the biggest obstacle for the Army, is the need for more mental health providers, but there just are not enough counselors out there willing to serve.

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