20 Sep '12, 8am

What’s important? Having a culture where Soldiers feel comfortable seeking help #suicide

RENO, Nev. (Sept. 11, 2012) -- Service members facing behavioral health challenges should feel comfortable asking for help, Defense Department leaders said here this week. Speaking during Suicide Prevention Month, senior leaders attending the 134th National Guard Association of the United States General Conference urged a continued emphasis on a culture where it is OK to seek help. Asked about suicide among service members during a question and answer session on Monday, Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the Army chief of staff, characterized it as one aspect of a range of health-of-the-force issues. "The most important thing is about creating an environment, a culture, where people feel comfortable that they can come forward and get the help that they need," Odierno said. The Army has increased its requirements for behavioral health specialists, he said. "We're working very hard to...

Full article: http://www.army.mil/article/87135/

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