The Corps’ Suicide Rate Is at a 10-Year High. This Is How the Marines Plan to Address It.

February 22, 2019

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The U.S. Marine Corps is working to address its increased suicide rates. Starting this year, the Corps will participate in a study examining risk factors among Marines who died by suicide in 2018. It is also updating its suicide prevention program to add more guidance on preventing and responding to suicide deaths. The Corps has a number of suicide prevention resources, including training in how to identify and assist people who are struggling, a 24/7 crisis line, and counseling for service members and their families. “The Marine Corps has a critical role in educating Marines and their families about suicide prevention, the value of mental health, and services available to help Marines and their families navigate through the stressors of life,” said Major Craig Thomas, a Manpower and Reserve Affairs spokesperson.

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