Military deaths situation is worse them it seems

I firmly believe that military service is important, and it takes a lot to fulfill military duties, weather it’s a soldier or an officer

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Suicide is a sin. How come one can take his or her own life away? This is so against nature. Some say “whatever, let them do whatever they want to do with their lives”, but that position is a worst sin you could think of. No mother should ever bury her son. It’s kind of selfish to take your own life away, not thinking about the feelings and the pain this would bring people around. But on the other hand, suicidal people are people in trouble and pain. Mental health needs treatment the same way physical health does. Now, many commanders in the army don’t realize that.


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I firmly believe that military service is important, and it takes a lot to fulfill military duties, weather it’s a soldier or an officer.

Suicidal thoughts comes from many aspects, it can be a mental illness like depression which leads to emotionless thoughts, sexual harassment that leaves a mark on one’s soul or personal problems that make people actually give up on life. Whatever the reason for the suicide commitment it is treatable. Unfortunately, the actions taken in the army to prevent this, aren’t enough.

According to Military.com the number of sexual cases and suicides in the Army are on the rise, and the leaders say they are looking at how to change that. Suicides among active-duty soldiers in the US rose about 20 percent in 2018. The chiefs decided to focus on the squad,on men and women serving together. And make sure they cooperate and talk enough. That’s one way to put it. So no one would feel left out as a part of a team. But that might not be the core of the problems.

Commanders push their staff to the limits giving them a hard time, as they say it’s no pain – no gain. It sometimes hard to see when to stop, when it’s time for military service men and women to take a break, think things through and gain strength to keep going, like true national heroes. Because that’s what they are. Protecting peace and security of thousands of civilians from the outside danger. That is worth something, right?

It is not only the US army that suffers. Bundeswehr also draws attention. Numerous problems inside the German army leaves everyone questioned weather it has the ability to fulfill its duties for NATO’s collective defense.

According to Statista.de a German online portal for statistics the number of suicides in the Bundeswehr between 1957 and 2018. In 2017 there were 19 suicides in the Bundeswehr. For 2018, 20 suspected reports of suicides by members of the Bundeswehr were reported. According to the source, the employer is trying to help people in need with the help of military chaplaincy and psychological services, as well as other comprehensive care. Nevertheless, more than 3,500 members of the Bundeswehr have committed suicide since 1957, most of them in the 1970s and 1980s.

There is a problem mentioned by Sciencefiles.org of suicide in Bundeswehr operations.

Bundeswehr soldiers have specific problems when deployed abroad. They are exposed to certain dangers. 111 soldiers of the Bundeswehr have not escaped life on missions abroad since 1993. Most, namely 37 soldiers, were killed by “opposing influence”, as the Federal Government wrote in its response to the LINKE’s request. “Opposing influence” is a euphemism with which the do-gooders want to disguise the fact that the soldiers have been shot, stabbed, or blown up. 36 soldiers were killed in an accident, 14 died as a “natural death,” according to statistics, and 24 soldiers committed suicide.

Based on the number of soldiers who have been involved in operations since 1993, that is 431,421 soldiers, this results in a suicide rate of 0.005%. For comparison, around 225,000 Germans have committed suicide since 1993. Based on the adult population aged 18 and over, this results in a suicide rate of 0.001%. The suicide rate of Bundeswehr soldiers during missions abroad is five times higher.

“Of the Bundeswehr members sent abroad since 1992, 110 – 37 soldiers died as a result of external influences, and 73 died as a result of other circumstances.” Suicide is therefore an “other circumstance”.

Military deaths situation is worse them it seems
Click to zoom | Number of suicides in the Bundeswehr from 1957 to 2018 | Source: statista.com

How to prevent suicides?

Now there are psychologists in the army, to help the staff to deal with their emotions and thoughts, to listen and maybe give advices. They are there to help get through dark places in one’s life. Many veterans suffer from PTSD, young soldiers are in need of sharing their emotions and so on. But not many realize their problems on their own, it is often required help. Some are shy getting counseling, or somehow being involved. And basically once you’ve given up your condition, the commanders will know and make certain conclusions. But people with mental problems won’t just go out and tell everyone about this. They might feel uncomfortable sharing with anyone except maybe the closest friends. It’s necessary to make everything comfortable for a person to serve, especially the relations between combat buddies. And to build that kind of strong relationship chiefs must work with the soldiers, privates, and other employees making bounding events, like sports, celebrations e.t.c.

Nancy Schimelpfening is an administrator for the non-profit depression support group “Depression Sanctuary”. In her article she gives good advises on how to prevent suicides:

“In the majority of cases, people who are feeling suicidal are dealing with conditions that will pass in time if only they can get the help that they need. In the meantime, there is much that friends and family members can do to help people who are depressed or contemplating suicide.”

According to her opinion it’s important to know the signs “Prevention also involves being able to recognize the signs of suicide, which can include:

  • Talking about death or suicide, including jokes and short references
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Saying that they are a burden to everyone
  • Withdrawing from friends and family
  • Losing interest in any kinds of activities
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Giving away possessions
  • Saying goodbye to family and friends”

The following are some suicide prevention tips recommended by the non-profit organization Suicide Prevention Resource Center.

Don’t Discount Their Feelings. No one knows what the other person thinks of or what he really wants. And he might take some things not worthy to others siriously.

Listen to what they are saying without offering judgments. Don’t be dismissive of their experiences or emotions.

Never dismiss suicidal talk or threats. If a person is making comments that seem to indicate that they are depressed or thinking of taking their own life, you should always take them seriously. Even when it’s within a joke, it still can be the bell ringer.

Look at Suicide as a Cry for Help

When a person attempts suicide, this isn’t necessarily a sign that they want to die. Instead, it’s an indicator that they are in great emotional pain, but don’t know how to deal with it.They only want to stop the pain, death is not what they are seeking.

Be a Good Listener

Being able to talk with a caring friend and unburden yourself from your troubles can go a long way in relieving the unbearable build-up of pressure that can lead to a suicide attempt.

Being a good listener doesn’t require any special skills. Be patient and accepting, but avoid getting into an argument or trying to offer simplistic solutions. Avoid any “Have you tried X, Y, or Z” comments that focus on quick “fixes.” Don’t be judgmental. Simply be there and show that you care. Just be a trusable person.

Encourage Them to Get Help for Their Depression

Even though some people’s suicides may sometimes seem to come out of the blue, it’s quite likely that they had been depressed for a very long time.

Getting prompt professional assistance at the first signs of depression is a very important step in preventing suicide.

Working to take away the stigma of depression and encouraging people who are hurting to get the help that they need right away can go a long way in saving lives because the problem is dealt with before it gets too bad.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask About Their Suicidal Feelings

While you may be afraid to bring up the topic of suicide for fear of giving them ideas, the fact is that those thoughts and feelings are there regardless of what you might say. What you are really doing by bringing the topic up is giving them an opportunity to open up to you and allow you help them.

If They Are in Danger, Don’t Leave Them Alone

If they seem to be in danger of hurting themselves, do not leave them alone. Take steps to get them away from any means that they could use to hurt themselves, such as weapons or pills.

Encourage Them to See a Mental Health Professional

It may take some patience and persistence, but urge them to make an appointment with a mental health professional. Once they have made the appointment, continue to maintain contact in order to encourage them to follow through with appointments and treatment plans.

Know That Secrets Can Kill

If the person asks you to not tell anyone about his problem, be aware that you may have to break your promise in order to help him. Having him alive but angry with you is preferable to keeping a promise that leads to him taking his life.

These rules apply to any person weather he is a civilian or in the military. As for the military it’s very important to keep the troops’ mind straight. Protect soldiers from sadistic actions against them and make them feel needed and give them the opportunity to feel support from their families and friends as well as from their brothers and sisters in arms.

Every life matter.

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