Fort Hood suicide numbers rise

Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 6:18pm

Very few know what it’s like to be a soldier, but most  know that it’s a very tough and stressful commitment.

Suicide is a global problem, but for men and women in the military, it’s a different kind of battle.

Sharon Sutton is head of Fort Hood's Suicide Prevention Program. But before that she served in Iraq. She understands first hand some of the stress servicemen and women face.

“Partner relational issues, communication issues, financial issues, Of course you have the issue of moving back and forth," said Sutton.

Ford Hood saw 19 possible suicides in 2012- 12 on base, two overseas and five cases still being looked at. That’s almost double the numbers from 2011. Suicide was not a big issue when Sutton first joined the military but now there are measures and programs in place for the growing concern of America’s bravest taking their own lives. She says communication with fellow soldiers is a must and that every case is unique.

Sutton said, “There’s not one thing we can put our finger on that says, ‘this is a person that is at-risk for suicide. It’s a worldwide epidemic. It’s not just focused on the army. When you look at suicide numbers worldwide, They are increasing. Nationally and across the globe. So it’s not just the Army, We should look at the topic globally.”
 

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