Military Deployments And Suicide, No Link

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    Apr 03, 2015 2:00 AM GMT
    NYT: The findings were the latest in a series of studies prompted by a military suicide rate that has nearly doubled since 2005.
  • Lincsbear

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    Apr 09, 2015 2:37 PM GMT
    I don`t know if others have noted the same trends as here in the UK.
    Growing up in the seventies we were constantly told how joining the military was the best possible start in life; how it built fitness, resilience, mental toughness, and moral character, etc. It may be because it was a time of relative peace, though soldiers especially did die in terrorist incidents in conflicts like Northern Ireland.
    But now a much more delicate and fragile view of the military seems to have developed, with talk of traumas and suicides, etc.; how they need support and help, and face many difficulties in life and civilian life; how they seem ill equipped to cope.
    Maybe it`s a generational thing with a culture shift to a much more open way than before with it`s 'never complain, never explain' mentality my father showed; how suffering here went on in private and was not generally acknowledged or helped.