Ringing in the New Year typically provides an opportunity for a clean slate, and the inspiration to begin anew. The Army Reserve will begin 2013 by recommitting its focus to the health of its force and maintaining focus on the number of individuals lost to suicide. It is hardly a clean slate, but as the calendar moves us into the New Year, I'd like to reflect upon the topic of suicide prevention and what I have learned from the untimely deaths in 2012.
As an organization we have turned over every stone trying to figure out how to predict who will commit suicide. We strive to intervene before suicides happen. We see suicide as a tangible enemy that can be identified, cornered and defeated. We replay the scenarios and analyze every aspect of a life gone too soon, looking for the pattern of behaviors or words that can help us prevent a future suicide.
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