Suicide in the News
Military puts focus on epidemic of suicides
BAGHDAD — In Maj. Thomas Jarrett's stress management class surrounded by concrete blast walls, American troops are urged not to accept post-traumatic stress disorder as an inevitable consequence of war.
Instead, Jarrett tells them to strive for "post-traumatic growth."
During a 90-minute presentation entitled "Warrior Resilience and Thriving," Jarrett, a former corporate coach, offers this and other unconventional tips on how troops can stay mentally healthy once they return home. He quotes Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, Paradise Lost author John Milton and German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, among others.
Walking through the crowd of young GIs in the makeshift classroom, Jarrett urges them to fight their "internal insurgents."
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Why Are Army Recruiters Killing Themselves?
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are now the longest waged by an all-volunteer force in U.S. history. Even as soldiers rotate back into the field for multiple and extended tours, the Army requires a constant supply of new recruits. But the patriotic fervor that led so many to sign up after 9/11 is now eight years past. That leaves recruiters with perhaps the toughest, if not the most dangerous, job in the Army. Last year alone, the number of recruiters who killed themselves was triple the overall Army rate. Like posttraumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, recruiter suicides are a hidden cost of the nation's wars.
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US workplace suicides up by 28 percent
WASHINGTON -- Workplace suicides surged 28 percent last year, the U.S. Labor Department said Thursday, as experts said anxious workers watched colleagues depart in a rash of layoffs and faced survivor's guilt.
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That'll Teach Him to Commit Suicide
Chattanooga police officers Tasered and then shot a man 43 times, killing him, after his parents reported he was threatening suicide by pointing a rifle at his own head, the family claims in Federal Court. The family says the man never pointed the gun at anyone but himself.
Chattanooga cops shot at the late Alonzo Heyward 59 times on the porch of the family's house on July 18, and hit him 43 times, the family says. They say they were with him when the police killed him, and he never had threatened anyone but himself. He was depressed, his family says.
They demand punitive damages from the City of Chattanooga, its Police Department and the officers. They are represented in Chattanooga Federal Court by Archie Sanders III with the Cochran Firm of Memphis.