A World Without Suicide A growing number of mental-health experts are taking a proactive approach to suicide prevention—and they have a bold goal.

A simple belief drives Mallen: that Edward should still be alive, that his death was preventable—at several stages during the rapid onset of his depression. Moreover, Mallen and a growing number of mental health experts believe that this applies to all deaths by suicide. They argue that with a well-funded, better-coordinated strategy that would reform attitudes and approaches in almost every function of society—from schools and hospitals to police stations and the family home—it might be possible to prevent every suicide, or at least to aspire to.

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Suicide Clusters May Appear in Army Units

One suicide attempt in an army unit may foreshadow attempts by other soldiers in the same unit, suggests a new study from the U.S. military. “Clusters do occur, and if there is a suicide attempt in an Army unit there is likely to be another attempt in the unit,” said lead author Dr. Robert Ursano, of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.

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Average care isn't good enough. On the access side they want to see if the data tells the true story. Families say access is still an issue.

Report Finds ‘Average Care’ by MHS; DoD Officials Not Satisfied. In ordering the review, Hagel directed that it cover three areas:

  • Whether access to medical care in the MHS meets defined access standards;
  • Whether the quality of healthcare in the MHS meets or exceeds defined benchmarks; and
  • Whether the MHS has created a culture of safety with effective processes for ensuring safe and reliable care of beneficiaries.
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