WBAMC stands down against suicide
WBAMC Public Affairs:
William Beaumont Army Medical Center Soldiers gave pause Sept. 27 to look at the numbers – active-duty Army suicide statistics gathered in 2011.
Specialists and privates first class had the highest rates for suicides. The younger members within their ranks – ages 21 to 25 – represented a towering bar on another graph displayed during a Suicide Prevention Health Fair at WBAMC.
“They want to know what the numbers mean for them [for their demographics],” said Staff Sgt. Jennifer Trenkelbach, an “Ask, Care, Escort” suicide intervention training instructor, as she sat behind a table with displays of suicide statistics.
The numbers help to illustrate and personify the issue of suicides in the Army. In 2009, the Army reported 242 suicides, in 2010 it reported 305, and in 2011 283 suicides were reported. As of August, the Army reported a confirmed 120 cases of suicide.
Soldiers and civilians at William Beaumont Army Medical Center took part in the Army-wide Suicide Safety Stand Down, attending the health fair which featured informational booths on the Army’s resources addressing suicide prevention.
“ASIST is about being a good listener and knowing the resources available,” said Sgt. Allen Arnold, a respiratory therapist and an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training instructor at WBAMC.
Scattered across tables were ACE and ASIST cards designed to give Soldiers a quick reference for Army programs intended to combat the issue.
“Yeah, I’ve heard it over and over and over,” said Spc. Timothy Adams, A Co., WTB, of the suicide prevention messages pushed by the Army.
Asked if he is actually retaining or being reached by the message, Adams responded, “I’m still here.”
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