Editorial: Anonymity Could Help Mitigate Military Suicide
Posted on August 19, 2020

Kathy Roth-Douquet, CEO of Blue Star Families, recently wrote about suicide in the armed forces for Military Times.

Military spouses are all too aware of the challenges that come with addressing mental health issues for service members. A spouse of an active-duty service member participating in Blue Star Families’ 2019 Military Family Lifestyle Survey explained, “No soldier with career aspirations will reveal true physical or mental health issues under the current system. No one. It is the number one reason we have injured soldiers, chronic pain, and unresolved mental instability, which leads to suicide.”

Part of what’s missing from the federal response is anonymity — an effective method for members to seek help without fear of retribution from their command units…

Read the full opinion piece here. 

Post courtesy of the Association of Defense Communities

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