A series of programs and initiatives designed to reduce suicides is showing success at Fort Bliss, and may provide a promising model to initiate across military branches. Army Maj. Gen. Dana J.H. Pittard, Fort Bliss commander, attributes a 30% drop in suicides to a comprehensive approach that focuses on suicide prevention, risk reduction, and resilience, creating what he calls a “culture of seeking help.” This approach began in 2010 with the launch of the “No Preventable Soldier Deaths” campaign, an umbrella for about 32 distinct programs and initiatives. These programs and initiatives seek to address the root causes of suicide and high-risk behavior, creating an environment that encourages soldiers to look out for each other and seek help when needed, an approach that Army Lt. Col. Leonard Gruppo, director of the Wellness Fusion Campus, states “creates layer upon layer upon layer of safety nets.”  This model may help improve suicide prevention efforts at other bases, including those in North Carolina.

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