The Department of Defense has reported that during 2012, across all four branches of the military, more than 349 service members committed suicide. These numbers come at the same time efforts to curb suicide in the armed branches have increased. Advocates stress that services are needed not just for servicemembers, but also for their families, who are often the first to see problems in their loved ones. Both governmental agencies and non-profits are working hard to provide prevention and educational resources to help address the need for increased resources; however, advocates are concerned that as the troops draw down from Iraq and Afghanistan, the suicide rates will increase. At the national level, suicide prevention services are available online and through call centers at http://www.veteranscrisisline.net/.
In North Carolina, the North Carolina National Guard provides a crisis hotline offering behavioral health assistance.
Information on additional behavioral health resources can be found on our website.