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Army: As many 20 suspected suicides in Oct.

Nov. 15, 2012 - 05:48PM   |   Last Updated: Nov. 15, 2012 - 05:48PM  |  
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There were as many as 20 suicides among active-duty soldiers in October, five more than the month before, the Army announced Nov. 15. Of the October deaths, five have been confirmed as suicides and 15 are still under investigation.

So far this year, there have been 166 suspected active-duty suicides. Of those, 105 have been confirmed and 61 are still under investigation. This puts the Army on track to exceed last year's number of suicides.

In 2011, 165 deaths were confirmed as suicides. Also in October, there were as many as 13 suicides among reserve component soldiers who were not on active duty. That's four fewer than in September.

Nine were Army National Guard soldiers and four were from the Army Reserve.

Of the 13 deaths, three have been confirmed as suicides and 10 are still under investigation.

So far this year, 114 reserve component soldiers are believed to have committed suicide — 75 from the Guard and 39 from the Reserve. Of the 114, 83 have been confirmed and 31 are still under investigation.

In 2011, the total number of suicides among this population of soldiers was 118.

"Suicide is preventable, and its prevention is a shared responsibility among all members of the Army family," Gen. David Rodriguez, commanding general of Forces Command, said in a statement. "Effective intervention requires leadership involvement and support [and] an environment that promotes help-seeking for hidden wounds like depression, anxiety [and] post-traumatic stress."

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